French officials say that new President Francois Hollande's plane was hit by lightningen route to Berlin. They say no one was hurt but that the plane returned to Paris as a precaution.
French Defense Ministry spokesman Gerard Gachet said the Falcon 7X aircraft was struck by lightning shortly after take-off Tuesday, and returned to the Villacoublay air base for inspection.
Defense officials say the president and his entourage were transferred to another aircraft, a Falcon 900, and took off shortly thereafter.
Hollande, 57, took office earlier Tuesday. He was due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Europe's financial crisis.
It was a stormy presidential beginning for a man who promised to be a more "normal" president and less flashy than predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.