İrem UZUN -TDO- The last French head of state to complete two terms in office, Jacques Chirac died on Thursday aged 86 after years of ill health. Former French president Mr. Chirac was given full military honors as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. A mainstay of French politics over four decades, Mr Chirac served as Paris mayor, a politician, prime minister and France’s president from 1995 to 2007.
Known for championing the nation’s sense of its own grandeur, Mr Chirac is being remembered fondly despite political failures and a 2011 corruption conviction from actions during his nearly two decades as mayor of Paris.
Although his popularity soared after he left office, and was nicknamed as Super Liar, Monday was declared a national day of mourning, and a minute's silence was held in schools and public buildings across the country.
In a ceremony presided over by French President Emmanuel Macron, French armed forces gave Chirac military honors in the courtyard of Les Invalides. During the ceremony, a military band played the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," and Chirac's casket was carried to the center of the courtyard draped in the French flag. At the funeral service, current and former world leaders were joined by nearly 2,000 people who held a moment of silence for Chirac. Guests included Russian President Vladimir Putin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and former US President Bill Clinton.