French fatal crash couple named as Richard and Dr Mary Lucas

Richard and Dr Mary Lucas Image copyright Lucas family
Image caption Richard and Dr Mary Lucas died when their car left the road while on holiday in France

A British couple killed in a car crash in France have been named as Richard and Dr Mary Lucas from Lincoln.

The couple, aged 85 and 83, died when their car ended up in a river in the Dordogne region on Friday.

It is understood the couple had a holiday home in France. The French authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

Mr Lucas had previously been a councillor and was a former president of the Lincoln Civic Trust.

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Ric Metcalfe, the leader of Lincoln City Council, said he was very sad to hear of his death.

"He has been a big figure in Lincoln for many, many years," he said.

"He has taken a huge interest in public life and was a lively and very special sort of person."

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "Our staff are providing assistance to the family of a British couple who sadly died in a car crash in France."

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