Jacques Chirac, France’s Favorite Everyman Politician, dies at 86

Former French President Jacques Chirac died at the age of 86. Members of the National Assembly and the Senate (lower and upper houses of the French parliament) honored his memory with a minute of silence.

Due to the death of Chirac, President Emmanuel Macron canceled his visit to the city of Rodez.

French television and radio stations have changed the broadcasting schedule, completely devoting the broadcast to the former President of the country.

Jacques Chirac made an important contribution to restoring peace in a number of countries around the world, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address to citizens. The current President called Jacques Chirac « the successor of the historical leaders – General Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou, whom he loved so much. »

The death of ex-President Chirac was a huge loss for all citizens of the country, said the former head of state, François Hollande.

« The French, whatever their political beliefs, have lost a friend today, » he told reporters.

Hollande, despite the difference in political views, was close to Chirac for many years and listened to his advice in national and regional politics. He was one of his successors at the head of the general council of the Corrèze department, which Chirac chaired for nine years.

The successor of Jacques Chirac as president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, called his death a great personal loss. « The big chapter of my life has ended today, » said Sarkozy, quoted by France-Presse.

Head of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, was « upset and devastated » by the news of the death of former French President Jacques Chirac, whose « legacy for the republic and the European Union will remain forever. » This was announced on Thursday at a press conference in Brussels by EC representative Mina Andreeva.

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