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French President’s Son, Granddaughters Flown To Paris After Accident

July 22, 1987

GERONA, Spain (AP) _ French President Francois Mitterrand’s son, Gilbert, and two granddaughters were injured in a two-car accident Tuesday and flown to Paris for treatment, authorities said.

Gilbert Mitterrand, 38, and his two daughters, Pascale, 10, and Justine, 7, left the airport at 9:05 p.m. aboard a French medical plane, said a spokesman at the Gerona municipal airport. Mitterrand, the youngest of the president’s two sons, is a deputy in the French National Assembly.

The driver of the other car, Dolores Senen Arnau, 50, was killed in the collision near this northeastern Spanish town, police said.

Francois Mitterrand visited his son and granddaughters at the Residencia Alvarez de Castro clinic in Gerona earlier Tuesday.

The three were to receive treatment at Val de Grace hospital in Paris.

Doctors at the clinic in Gerona refused to answer questions about the conditions of the injured.

Police said the car in which the younger Mitterrand and his two daughters were riding collided head-on with the car driven by Ms. Arnau, a Spaniard.

The accident occurred on a country road linking the towns of La Bisbal and Figueras, about 60 miles north of the Mediterranean port of Barcelona.

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