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France: Paris residents react to death of former president Chirac02:18

France: Paris residents react to death of former president Chirac

France, Paris
September 26, 2019 at 20:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Parisians reacted to the news of ex-president Jacques Chirac’s death on Thursday at age 86.

Pascal explained the Chirac was “at the centre of political life in France for more than 30 years,” and that “Jacques Chirac was respected even by those who had a different political orientation, he was appreciated especially for his human qualities. I think just like everybody, I feel shocked today."

Another Parisian, Christelle, said “Jacques Chirac is a great man for me. It's a personality that I respect a lot and always will, even if he's not with us anymore"

While another, Dominique said Chiraq was "The least worst among all the last presidents."

Chirac, who was born in Paris in 1932, was elected president in 1995 for a seven-year mandate, and then again in 2002 for a five-year mandate, after having already served as prime minister. During his career, he took France into the single European currency.

He was the first French leader to recognise, in 1995, the responsibility of France in Nazi crimes.

In 2011, he was convicted for embezzlement due to the misuse of public funds.

The French National Assembly observed a minute of silence this Thursday for the deceased former president.

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Parisians reacted to the news of ex-president Jacques Chirac’s death on Thursday at age 86.

Pascal explained the Chirac was “at the centre of political life in France for more than 30 years,” and that “Jacques Chirac was respected even by those who had a different political orientation, he was appreciated especially for his human qualities. I think just like everybody, I feel shocked today."

Another Parisian, Christelle, said “Jacques Chirac is a great man for me. It's a personality that I respect a lot and always will, even if he's not with us anymore"

While another, Dominique said Chiraq was "The least worst among all the last presidents."

Chirac, who was born in Paris in 1932, was elected president in 1995 for a seven-year mandate, and then again in 2002 for a five-year mandate, after having already served as prime minister. During his career, he took France into the single European currency.

He was the first French leader to recognise, in 1995, the responsibility of France in Nazi crimes.

In 2011, he was convicted for embezzlement due to the misuse of public funds.

The French National Assembly observed a minute of silence this Thursday for the deceased former president.

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