【英语中国】法国搜救中国酒店大亨和法国商人

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2013-12-24 09:20

小艾摘要: French authorities stepped up their search on Sunday for a Chinese hotel magnate and a French businessman who went missing after their helicopter crashed while they were celebrating the sale of a pres ...
French authorities stepped up their search on Sunday for a Chinese hotel magnate and a French businessman who went missing after their helicopter crashed while they were celebrating the sale of a prestigious Bordeaux chateau and vineyard.

James Grégoire, a French entrepreneur, had taken Lam Kok, owner of Brilliant, a Hong-Kong based hotel chain, for a flight over the Chateau de la Riviere estate in his helicopter on Friday when it crashed into the Dordogne river.

Mr Kok, who also owns a specialist tea business, had just bought the 90 hectare estate – including 65 hectares of vineyard – and its large 16th century chateau from Mr Grégoire for a reported ¢30m.

A number of journalists had been invited to witness completion of the deal, the latest in a series of purchases of French vineyards by Chinese investors.

An enthused Mr Kok was quoted by French media as saying: “We will create here the hotel I have dreamt about. Our project is as much economic as cultural. We will create an alliance of great wines and the best teas. With a spa and all the wellbeing that goes with it.”

The acquisition was understood to be the first by Mr Kok and his wife, who co-owns Brilliant, outside China. Brilliant includes four hotels in China under the French brand “Relais et chateaux”.

Officials said Mr Grégoire was at the controls of the helicopter when it crashed. Also on board were Mr Kok’s 12-year-old son and a Chinese interpreter. A previous owner of the estate was killed in a plane crash 11 years ago.

The boy’s body was later found, French media reported, but the other three individuals had not been recovered by Sunday afternoon. Divers with specialist sonar equipment were brought in to help search the tidal river, in addition to heat-seeking airborne equipment.

法国有关部门周日加大力度搜救一位中国酒店大亨和一位法国商人。两人在乘坐的直升机坠毁后失踪,当时他们在庆祝出售波尔多(Bordeaux)一个知名酒庄和葡萄园。

上周五,法国企业家詹姆斯?格雷瓜尔(James Grégoire)驾驶自己的直升机,带柏联集团(Brilliant)总裁郝琳(Lam Kok)从空中俯瞰大河古堡(Chateau de la Riviere)酒庄,结果飞机坠入多尔多涅河(Dordogne River)。柏联是一家连锁酒店集团,总部位于香港。

郝琳还拥有一家专业茶园。据报道,他以3000万欧元的价格从格雷瓜尔手中购买了90公顷的庄园(包括65公顷的葡萄园)和建于16世纪的大型古堡。

多名记者受邀见证这桩交易尘埃落定。这也是中国投资者收购法国酒庄的最新手笔。

据法国媒体报道,兴奋的郝琳曾表示:“我们将在这里建造我梦寐以求的酒店。我们的项目既是为了盈利,也具有文化意义。我们将打造美酒与茗茶的联姻,并配备水疗池和附带的康体设施。”

据信这是郝琳及其妻子(为柏联的共同所有者)在中国以外进行的第一笔收购。柏联在华经营4家法国品牌罗莱夏朵(Relais et chateaux)精品酒店。

官员称,直升机坠机时格雷瓜尔控制着飞机。机上还有郝琳12岁的儿子和一位中文口译。该酒庄之前的一位所有者在11年前的一场空难中丧生。

据法国媒体报道,郝琳儿子的尸体后来被发现,但其他三人截至周日下午尚未被找到。除动用具有热追踪功能的机载设备外,当局还派出携带专业声纳设备的潜水员,在湍急的河流中进行搜寻。

译者/徐天辰

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