Tributes are increasing, Thursday 26th September 2019 after the death of Jacques Chirac. The Élysée opens its doors, the Eiffel Tower is extinguished, and a day of national mourning is decreed.
National emotion, after the death of Jacques Chirac, Thursday 26th September 2019, at 86 years. For the former mayor of Paris and former President of the Republic, many tributes will be rendered.
Collections of open grievances
The first tributes to Jacques Chirac were given as soon as his death was announced. In Paris, the elected officials of the City of which he was mayor saluted the figure “attached to Paris” . The flags have been lowered at half-mast in town halls and public buildings , collections of open grievances and the Eiffel Tower will be extinguished at 9 pm in his memory.
At the same time, the Elysee Palace will open its doors to those who wish to pay tribute to the former tenant of the presidential palace. There too, a collection of grievances will be installed, until Sunday evening.
Monday, the day of national mourning
Monday 30th September was decreed day of national mourning by the presidency of the Republic. At noon in the church of Saint-Sulpice VI th district , “a solemn service for President Jacques Chirac” will be held.
National funerals will be held and flags will be lowered at public buildings. A minute of silence will be planned throughout France.
“President Chirac embodied a certain idea of France”
In a speech of ten minutes, the head of state Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to his predecessor, this Thursday evening.
“It is with great sadness and emotion that I address you,” he said in the preamble. We are losing a statesman whom we loved as much as he loved us. Jacques Chirac was a familiar face.
“President Chirac embodied a certain idea of France (…) Tonight he is not only cried by our country, he is also cried in Europe and on the beautiful continent of Africa, which he loved.”
Emmanuel Macron emphasized the human qualities of Jacques Chirac, who died this morning. “He was a great Frenchman, attracting the sympathy of the farmer and the captain of industry . He loved the French, to greet them, to talk to them, to smile at them, to kiss them, “he continued. The most humble, the most fragile, the weakest were his great cause. ”
“He enters history and will be missed by all of us.”