President Hollande Delayed by Lightning Strike

PARIS – President Hollande was forced to turn back en route to Berlin due to a lightning strike on the Presidential plane. Despite rain and bad weather overshadowing his own inauguration and first official speech earlier today, Hollande hoped to begin his first 100 days with a diplomatic mission to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. No-one was hurt, and Hollande left shortly after returning to the Paris airbase at Villacoublay just outside of the city for his meeting in a second airplane according to Defense Ministry spokesman Gerard Gachet. He was delayed by approximately an hour and a half for his meeting, the second delay in a day which saw him announcing Jean-Marc Ayrault as his nominee for Prime Minister later than expected.

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