2 French killed in Mumbai attacks identified

PARIS (AP) -- France's foreign minister on Friday identified the two French people killed in the Mumbai terror attack as the founder of a French fashion company and her husband.

Loumia Hiridjee, the 47-year-old founder of women's fashion brand Princesse Tam Tam, and her husband Mourad Amarsy, 49, had been dining Wednesday at Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, company president Roland de Farcy told The Associated Press by phone.

The hotel was among the sites targeted in the terrorists' spree of violence in India's financial capital starting Wednesday. De Farcy said he did not know the exact circumstances of their death.

"All of Loumia's and Mourad's friends know how much we are shaken by this death," Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on cable news channel i-Tele, his voice cracking with emotion. He said the couple had settled in India with their three children. "We feel we are all targeted."

The Foreign Ministry said earlier Friday that two French nationals had been killed in the terror attacks, but did not identify them. In a statement, Kouchner offered condolences to the victims' families and loved ones.

Hiridjee came from a family of Indian merchants, who had settled in Madagascar off Africa's eastern coast. She and her sister, Shama Hiridjee, studied in France and created a first Princesse Tam Tam collection in 1985. The company now operates in more than 40 countries, its Web site says.

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