Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lightning strikes new French president's plane on Way to Berlin...Someone trying to tell him something?

Paris (CNN) -- Fran├žois Hollande became the president of France on Tuesday and promptly flew toward Germany to discuss the European debt crisis with his German counterpart -- but lightning struck his plane and prompted a return to Paris, CNN affiliate BFM-TV reported.

No one was hurt, the station reported. The president switched to another plane and flew again toward Berlin, Hollande spokesman Faouzi Lamdaoui told BFM-TV.

Hollande promised a new approach to tackling the financial woes plaguing Europe as he was sworn in Tuesday.

He becomes France's first Socialist president since Fran├žois Mitterrand left office in 1995. He secured election victory this month over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the most U.S.-friendly French presidents in decades. Read More