Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris

This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows a helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French.
This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows a helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

PARIS (AP) – France’s foreign and transport ministries say the first traces of passenger remains from the site where the Air Algerie plane went down in Mali last month have been brought to Paris for identification.

A statement said the first “organic and biological elements” collected arrived in Paris Friday. Information from families to help identify the victims has also been gathered.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has previously said the remains were “pulverized,” making identification exceedingly difficult.

France says all 118 registered people onboard died when the plane crashed on July 24, but Burkina Faso puts the figure at 116, saying two passengers didn’t board.

French authorities say bad weather was likely at the crash’s origin near Burkina Faso’s border, but exclude nothing.

Experts are analyzing the two black boxes of the MD-83.

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