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France says goodbye to Jacques Chirac

The US expressed condolences to Chirac’s family and the people of France.

Thousands of people came to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday at the age of 86.

Chirac’s coffin on Sunday was put on display for farewell at the Invalids in Paris.

People fell silent in front of a coffin covered with the national flag of France, which was placed next to a portrait of Chirac.

Those who came to the House of Invalids were handed a brochure “Chirac in his own words,” prepared by the family of the deceased. It contains quotes reminiscent of key moments of Chirac’s presidency, such as when he defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“War is always the worst of all solutions,” he said at the time.

A memorial service will be held in Paris on Monday. President Emmanuel Macron and about 30 former and current heads of state and government attended it.
A private funeral will be held later in the day at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo sent condolences to Chirac’s family and the people of France.

“Having dedicated his life to public service, former President Chirac has worked tirelessly to uphold the values and ideals that are common to us and France,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The Secretary of state recalled that in his youth Chirac studied and worked in the United States, and recalled the words of the late French leader that the United States is a country that he loves, admires, respects and knows very well.

“We will never forget that President Chirac became the first head of state to come to the United States after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States and France stood shoulder to shoulder in promoting democracy and world peace, and that strong relationship continues today.”

Chirac served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he was the mayor of Paris, legislator and Prime Minister of the country.