All 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps could be identified by the end of the week.
Earlier today, the head of the criminal research institute at France's National Gendarmerie was reported as saying that DNA identification of the victims would take two to four months.
But at a news conference in Berlin, French president Francois Hollande said: "The French interior minister confirmed that by the end of the week at the latest it will be possible to identify all of the victims thanks to DNA samples."
It has been confirmed a mother from Manchester and her seven-month-old baby boy were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps.
Marina Bandres was from Spain but had been living in Manchester. She was one of 150 passengers and crew who died in the crash - the cause of which is still unexplained.
A woman killed in the French Alps air crash has been described as "kind, caring and affectionate" by a friend.
Marina Bandres from Manchester was on the flight with her baby son when it crashed into the French Alps.
Ricky Wong knew Marina through the film industry where they both worked.
The Foreign Office have confirmed that a mother and her baby son living in Manchester have died in the Alps air crash.
In a statement released by the FCO, Pawel Pracz, wife of Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, aged 37,and father of Julian Pracz-Bandres, aged seven months, said:
Tributes have been paid to a woman believed to be among the British victims of the Alps air disaster.
Marina Bandres from Manchester was reportedly on the flight with her baby son when it crashed into the French Alps.
Her friend Benjamin Massey paid tribute to her.
A mother and baby from Manchester are among the 144 passengers believed to have been killed in the Germanwings plane crash.
Marina Bandres had reportedly returned to her family home in Jaca in the Pyrenees to attend the funeral of an uncle.
The Mayor of Jaca Victor Barrio said he did not know if Ms Bandres' husband was on the flight with her and son Julian, who was seven or eight months old.
It's believed Ms Bandres was among 144 passengers and six crew who died when the Airbus A320, operated by the Lufthansa-owned low-fare carrier Germanwings crashed yesterday on a flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.
A mother and her seven-month-old baby from Greater Manchester are feared to be have been on the Germanwings plane crash.
Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and her child are thought to have been among the 150 passengers who died.
The 37-year-old is understood to have been from Spain but living in Manchester.
It's believed Ms Lopez-Belio also lived in Fallowfield and Rochdale since arriving in the UK. It is not yet known if her husband was on the flight with her.
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