Chirac “very French” but “tried to bring people together”, says Clinton | AFP

Former French president Jacques Chirac was “very French” in his ways but, as a politician, tried to “bring people together”, American Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States, said at the Elysee Palace on Monday. Clinton was one of several dignitaries to visit the Elysee on the fringes of the funeral ceremony held for Chirac, who died Thursday at the age of 86. SOUNDBITE

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Macron welcomes world dignitaries on fringes of Chirac funeral | AFP

Former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, is among the dignitaries to visit French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, as world leaders came to Paris to pay their final respects to former French president Jacques Chirac, who died Thursday at the age of 86. IMAGES

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Chirac’s coffin and family leave church after funeral | AFP

The coffin of former French president Jacques Chirac leaves Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, followed by his family, after a funeral attended by world leaders in memory of the former head of state who died Thursday. IMAGES

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French ex-president Chirac’s coffin arrives for church service | AFP

Former bodyguards of late ex-French president Jacques Chirac carry his coffin into Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, where world leaders gathered for a funeral service in memory of the charismatic former head of state. IMAGES

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Chirac: Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron arrive at Saint-Sulpice church | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and First lady Brigitte Macron arrive at Saint-Sulpice church in central Paris as France holds a national day of mourning for its president Jacques Chirac, who served from 1995-2007. IMAGES

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Chirac funeral cortege leaves Les Invalides | AFP

The hearse carrying Jacques Chirac’s coffin leaves the Invalides to go to the Church of Saint Sulpice in Paris, where a service is held in honour of the former President of France, who died on Thursday aged 86. IMAGES

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Dignitaries arrive at Saint-Sulpice for Chirac funeral | AFP

Dignitaries from all over the world arrive at Saint-Sulpice church in Paris to pay tribute to Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday aged 86. Dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, are expected in Paris to pay their final respects to France’s late president as the country holds a national day of mourning for its popular former head of state. IMAGES

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Military honours are paid to Chirac | AFP

Military honours are paid to Jacques Chirac at the Invalides military complex in Paris in the presence of Emmanuel Macron, before the solemn service at Saint-Sulpice church. IMAGES

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Mourners gather outside Saint-Sulpice for Chirac funeral | AFP

Mourners gather outside Saint-Sulpice church in Paris ahead of the funeral of Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday aged 86. Dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, are expected in Paris to pay their final respects to France’s late president as the country holds a national day of mourning for its popular former head of state. IMAGES

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Thousands queue to say final farewell to ex-president Chirac | AFP

Thousands line up in front of the Invalides monument to pay their final respects to former French president Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday at the age of 86. IMAGES(COMPLETES VID1391740_EN)

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French pay their final respects as Chirac lies in state | AFP

French people queue to pay their final respects to Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday at the age of 86. The coffin, draped in the red white and blue colours of the French flag, was placed at the entrance of Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral, under a giant portrait of the former president. IMAGES

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Cortege carrying Jacques Chirac’s body leaves Paris residence | AFP

The cortege carrying Jacques Chirac’s body is leaving his residence in Paris and is heading towards the Invalides monument where French public will be invited to come and pay tribute to former president Chirac. IMAGES

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Chirac will be buried at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris | AFP

Jacques Chirac will be buried at the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris next to his daughter Laurence, who died in 2016 after a lifelong battle with anorexia. The tomb is already engraved with his name. IMAGES

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IN PICTURES – The life of Jacques Chirac | AFP

Former French president Jacques Chirac died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with deteriorating health, prompting tributes from across the political spectrum for a charismatic statesman who famously said “non” to the 2003 Iraq war.

The centre-right Chirac, acknowledged even by foes as a canny political fighter, rose to prominence as mayor of Paris before becoming prime minister and then serving as head of state from 1995 to 2007.

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French queue at Elysee Palace to pay tribute to Chirac (2) | AFP Images

French people line up at the presidential palace to pay their respects to former head of state Jacques Chirac, a giant of politics for three decades whose death sparked tributes to a complex but hugely charismatic leader. IMAGES

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French queue at Elysee Palace to pay tribute to Chirac | AFP

French people line up at the Elysee presidential palace to pay their respects to former head of state Jacques Chirac. IMAGES

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Juncker ‘moved and devastated’ by Chirac death, says spokesperson | AFP

The president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker is “moved and devastated” to learn of the death of former French leader Jacques Chirac, says a European Commission spokeswoman. SOUNDBITE

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