File - Putin praised de Margerie for helping Russian-French relations.
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Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total, was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport Monday night.De Margerie, 63, was a strong opponent of Western economic sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, and had been attending a meeting on foreign investment with around 30 other foreign executives at Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's country residence in Gorki near Moscow.Total is France's second-biggest listed company, with a market value of 102 billion euros ($130 billion) that makes it the fourth largest Western oil company, behind Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron.By 13:20 GMT, Total's share was up 2.6 percent at 44.05 euros, broadly in line with other European majors such as Shell and BP.Total is one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia, where its output is due to double by 2020 .Russia accounted for about 9 percent of Total's oil and gas output in 2013 .
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