Former president of France, Jacques Chirac died on Thursday at the age of 86 at his home in Paris, after a long battle with ill-health, his family said.
The center-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.
Former opponents and supporters hailed his common touch and enduring popularity, while world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin acclaimed his service to France.
The office of President Emmanuel Macron, who was to address the nation later in the evening, announced a day of national mourning for Monday when a mass would take place at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris.
His death was announced by his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux, he said, “he had died on Thursday morning at his home in Paris “surrounded by his family, peacefully.”
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