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"It’s getting too much for the small village of Seyne-les-Alpes”

Impressions from our correspondent Catherine Martens from the mountain village of Seyne-les-Alpes near by the crash site of the Germanwings plane. Watch the whole story on our next edition on April 1.

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DW-correspondent Catherine Martens (right) in Seyne-les-Alpes

The mood in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes is extremely tense. People want to help, but they’re at their limits. It’s just too much - too many victims, too many media representatives. The residents are exhausted and weary. There’s always a journalist asking for an electrical socket, a toilet or just a place to stay. The owner of a small restaurant with dark circles around his eyes has been up from 6a.m. to 11. p.m. and tells me: “Of course we are making money, but it’s getting too much and it’s such a sad occasion.” Magalie had offered her help as soon as she heard about the crash. She’s from Seyne and works with a local mortician. “When I was told that there weren’t any bodies to be arranged, I was shocked. I know how much the bereaved want to let go, but it’s quite impossible.” The situation is on the verge of collapsing because of increasing exhaustion on all sides. It’s a tightrope walk for the journalists between piety and news coverage. You actually feel that all 1.300 residents are pushing at their boundaries. All they want now is some peace as soon as possible.