SAINTE-FEREOLE, FRANCE: Former French President Jacques Chirac’s family members bade him a final farewell Saturday (Oct five) at an intimate ceremony in the southwestern village exactly where he grew up.
“I can only say thank you in the name of my father and mother,” the statesman’s daughter Claude Chirac stated in a tearful address at Sainte-Fereole, a little village in the Chirac fiefdom of the Correze area.
“In childhood and adolescence, Jacques Chirac was created right here,” stated mayor Henri Soulier.
Born in Paris, Chirac, who died aged 86 on Sep 26, moved as a young boy to Sainte-Fereole exactly where he was elected a municipal councillor in 1965 prior to becoming a Correze lawmaker two years later.
He continued to represent the Correze division till becoming president in 1995, serving as head of state till 2007.
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Chirac’s widow Bernadette, 86, did not attend the gathering of some 200 men and women in a picturesque village square decked out in portraits of the former president displaying essential moments of his life in public service.
Soulier stated he had proposed and Chirac’s family members had agreed to rename the square immediately after him in the village which they had insisted would be the web page of the final homage to his life.
Prior to the ceremony, nearby leaders had accompanied the family members to lay a wreath at the tomb of Chirac’s parents.
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The group then stopped by the village hall and the family members household, of which Claude Chirac’s husband Frederic Salat-Baroux vowed “we shall under no circumstances sell this property. A single is generally from someplace and, for Claude, that is right here.”
Claude recalled how she was “frequently at Sainte-Fereole with Laurence,” Chirac’s other daughter, who died in 2016.
“We would leave Paris on Friday and our parents would leave us there prior to travelling about the division,” she recalled.
“My mother is extremely emotional nowadays that she can not come … it is an exceptional homage. It is extremely comforting to her. And I want to say thank you for that for the reason that she truly requirements it,” Claude stated.
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Neighborhood authorities stated meanwhile some three,000 men and women had participated in a day of “memory and friendship” to honour Chirac at nearby Sarran, exactly where Bernadette was initially elected a municipal councillor in 1971 and which homes a museum devoted to his life.
Amongst these attending Saturday was former Socialist president Francois Hollande, who was a political rival of Chirac in Correze, as properly as Chirac’s grandson Martin Rey-Chirac.
Dozens of globe leaders, which includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, final Monday paid their final respects at a funeral service in Paris alongside dignitaries which includes former US president Bill Clinton, a day immediately after 7,000 men and women queued to view Chirac’s coffin at Invalides military hospital and museum.
He was then laid to rest at a cemetery at Montparnasse in Paris.