Europe's largest and most modern airport was opened on Friday (8 March) by France's Prime Minister, Pierre Messmer, at Roissy En France - just fifteen miles north of the centre of Paris.
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Background: Europe's largest and most modern airport was opened on Friday (8 March) by France's Prime Minister, Pierre Messmer, at Roissy En France - just fifteen miles north of the centre of Paris. The airport, named Charles De Gaulle, was opened in the absence of President George Pompidou who remained at the Elysee Palace as a gesture of mourning for the 346 people killed in Sunday's Turkish Airlines crash in a forest near the new airport. The opening was marred when a smoke bomb was thrown in a protest against unemployment.
The modern airport is expected to be in full operation by April. In its first year it will handle more traffic than Paris' two other airports, Orly and Le Bourget. In five years time it is expected to cope with more than fifty million passengers a year - ??? many passengers as there are people in France.