Former French President Jacques Chirac’s family bade him a final farewell today at an intimate ceremony in the southwestern village where he grew up. Born in Paris, Chirac died aged 86 on September 26. Among those attending his funeral was former Socialist president Francois Hollande, who was a political rival of Chirac.
He was then laid to rest at a cemetery at Montparnasse in Paris. Dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, last Monday paid their final respects at a funeral service in Paris alongside dignitaries including former US president Bill Clinton.
Born in Paris, Chirac, who died aged 86 on September 26, moved as a young boy to Sainte-Fereole where he was elected a municipal councillor in 1965 before becoming a Correze lawmaker two years later. He continued to represent the Correze department until becoming president in 1995, serving as head of state until 2007.