A fourth body has been found in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed in the southern city of Marseille.
Castaner said 120 police officers and 80 firefighters took part in the rescue effort, working through the night in the pile of beams and rubble.
Image of buildings on Google Street View before they collapsed, showed that one had five stories and the other six.
A young waiter watched the scene with tears in his eyes, anxious for news of an Italian woman who lived in the building.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said "air pockets" under the debris meant there's "hope to locate and find someone that can be saved".
The first victim - a man - was pulled from the wreckage Tuesday, prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said, adding that he needed to be identified. Fire crews deliberately brought down an adjacent third building that was also in danger of collapse.
Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View, showed that one of the buildings was clearly in poor fix, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on the facade before it collapsed.
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At number 65 rue d'Augagne, nine of the ten apartments were full.
"She was a great girl, she used to come and study at the bar", he said, without giving his name.
Marseille city authorities, who have evacuated and rehoused 100 residents from nearby buildings, believe heavy rain may have contributed to the collapse. He has had no news of her since Monday.
The neighbourhood is home to many buildings in a similarly poor condition, some of them run by slum landlords.
The two buildings, one apparently vacant and the other housing apartments, collapsed Monday at 9 a.m. local time.
Marseille authorities launched a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.