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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Ex-French PM Valls to run for Barcelona mayor

France’s combative former prime minister Manuel Valls announces that he will run for mayor of Barcelona, in what will be an unprecedented bid for political power in another European country. His candidacy is already proving to be divisive given that he has campaigned in Spain against Catalan separatists who attempted to break away from the country last October.