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Elite of French business, politics honor CEO of oil giant Total who died in Moscow plane crash

  • French President Francois Hollande, center, arrives at a funeral service for former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie  at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    French President Francois Hollande, center, arrives at a funeral service for former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bernadette de Margerie, second right, widow of former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, and relatives arrive at a funeral service for her husband at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Bernadette de Margerie, second right, widow of former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, and relatives arrive at a funeral service for her husband at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie before a funeral service at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Pallbearers carry the coffin of former Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie before a funeral service at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

President Francois Hollande has joined French business leaders, political elite and international diplomats to pay respects to the chief of French oil powerhouse Total, who died in a plane crash in Russia last week.

Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, whose trademark white handlebar mustache and cherubic demeanor made him known and appreciated by many French, was being honored Monday at a funeral at Paris' Saint-Sulpice church.

Margerie and three French crew members were killed Oct. 20, when the business jet they were in clipped an airport snowplow on takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, crashed and burst into flames.

Total, one of the world's largest hydrocarbon producers, is among France's most valuable companies in terms of market capitalization and a major player of French international business.