PARIS, Sep. 30 (Reuters / EP) –
Nearly thirty international leaders, including the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will attend this Monday in Paris the funeral of former French president Jacques Chirac, who died last week at the age of 86.
Chirac has been remembered by many Frenchmen for having elevated France's international prominence and for his fierce opposition to the Iraq war in 2003, driven by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom. The sentence that was subsequently imposed for embezzlement barely damaged his public image.
On Monday, the coffin of Chirac will receive military honors at the Palace of the Invalids, in central Paris, before the coffin is transferred in procession to the church of St. Sulpice, where the funeral will be officiated.
In the temple, the heads of State and Government of other countries will join the galas authorities in the funeral ceremony. After the funeral, French President Emmanuel Macron will have lunch with international leaders in the Elysee Palace.
Among other leaders, the president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will attend the funeral, as reported by the Presidency of France.
Chirac will be buried in the cemetery of Montparnasse in Paris, in a niche next to that of his daughter Laurence, who died in 2016. Over the weekend, thousands of people have queued at the Palace of the Invalids to pay tribute to the former Gallic president. His coffin has remained exposed, wrapped with the flag of France and with a large photograph of a smiling Chirac.