World Leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, gathered today in the French capital for the funeral of former President Jacques Chirac, who died at the age of eighty six years old.
Chirac was feted by many French people for asserting the country’s role as a global player and for opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while a conviction after he left the office for misusing public funds did little to tarnish his image.
Military honors will be paid to Chirac at the Hotel des Invalides in central Paris, where he has been lying in state before his coffin is taken in a procession to the church of Saint Sulpice.
Heads of state and government will join French dignitaries at the funeral ceremony, while the French President, Emmanuel Macron will host the visiting leaders a lunch at the Elysee Palace.
Chirac is to be buried at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris next to his daughter Laurence who died in 2016.