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Brexit – London: tens of thousands of protesters for a second referendum

Tens of thousands of demonstrators began to march in central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum on Brexit, the only way they believe to solve the current crisis.

The procession, including London Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan, was to reach Westminster around 14:00 local time (1300 GMT) for a series of speeches by prominent figures and political leaders, including Labor figures (left), the main party. Opposition and Liberal Democrats (center).

British MPs decided Saturday to postpone their decision on the Brexit agreement between London and Brussels, which will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the Europeans a new postponement of the divorce.

The amendment to that effect, tabled by Oliver Letwin, was approved by 322 votes for and 306 against. For his supporters, he aims to give more time to MPs to discuss the deal in detail without risking a “no deal” on October 31 if they have not finished.

While Parliament debated the deal, tens of thousands of protesters in central London called for a second referendum, the only way they said they could solve the crisis.

“The first referendum was like a jump on a train without a destination. Now we have one, and we need a second referendum, “said one of them at AFP, Douglas Hill, 35.

“What do we want? The vote of the people! When do we want it? Now!” Read the signs of late-morning demonstrators from the edge of Hyde Park towards Parliament, where MPs debate the issue. new Brexit agreement between London and Brussels.

“We made a big mistake” in the referendum of 2016, when the British decided 52% to leave the European Union, said Suzanne O’Hallorin, a retired 64 years. “I think we know a lot more today than at the time of the referendum, we must have a vote now that we know the consequences of leaving the EU and the impact on our economy”

A group of protesters were seen firing an allegorical float representing Supreme Aid Dominic Cummings, using Mr. Johnson as a puppet.

With the “Demonic Cummings” logo splashed on his forehead, the silhouette on the tank seems to be wearing a Nazi uniform, including an armband bearing the title Get Brexit Done and a Union Jack mustache.

The People’s Vote organizers are also asking people to sign a letter to Boris Johnson, European leaders, MEPs and MEPs, asking them to leave “the opportunity to check if we want to proceed to Brexit”.

Sir Keir Starmer, Secretary of Shadow Brexit in an email to supporters this morning, said the letter “asked them to respect our common democratic values, asking them not to turn away from us and deny us the chance to have one last word.

“Now add your name to the letter and send a message to the powerful.”

“The people should have a say”
For Theodor Howe, a 20-year-old Scottish student from Dundee, a second referendum may “divide” the population, but “the people should have a say in what will happen”.

The Brexit, originally planned for March 29, 2019, has been postponed twice, because of a lack of an exit agreement backed by a majority of Parliament, divided on the way ahead.


A wild strike SNCF: the traffic always disturbed Saturday, an “unacceptable” situation denounces Édouard Philippe

Like Friday, the traffic was to remain very disturbed on Saturday, the first day of the school holidays, management and unions have not found a compromise that could encourage drivers and controllers to lift their right of withdrawal, exercised after an accident that caused several injuries Wednesday, including a train driver.

Five hours of talks this Friday night between unions and management have not given anything. The two sides have separated without agreement and should see themselves in the “course of next week”, announces the SNCF, which therefore expects for this Saturday to “a situation very substantially identical” to that of the previous day. At issue: an unexpected social movement after the accident of a TER in Champagne-Ardenne. Drivers apply their right of withdrawal. The management of the SNCF, which considers this movement as a “strike without notice”, advises users to postpone their trip.

Prime Minister deplored an “unacceptable” situation Saturday, October 19, while the drivers and controllers exercise their right of withdrawal, after an accident occurred Wednesday.
“I asked the SNCF to examine all the consequences, including judicial, that could be given when people do not respect the law,” said Edouard Philippe, who visited the National Center for Rail Operations in Paris, with SNCF CEO Guillaume Pepy and Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

The CEO of SNCF Guillaume Pepy on Saturday challenged the validity of the right of withdrawal exercised by agents of the company and announced its intention to go to court to recognize that it is a strike “surprise” .

Few TER, no Ouigo, but TGV
TERs are still very disturbed. This Saturday morning, several trains are deleted. They come from Chartres, Tours, Bordeaux, Laroche-Migennes, Troyes, or Saint Dizier. Others are announced with delay. In the Alpes-Maritimes, the TER circulate again since Saturday morning.

All Ouigo trains are canceled, knowing that customers will be automatically refunded by Wednesday, October 23rd. TGV traffic is also concerned, but a priori much more lightly: 9 out of 10 trains insured in the South-East and West-Atlantic regions. traffic will be normal in the North and East.

Difficulties also on the RER and the Transilien network
RER A, B and D and lines H, J, L and R are also disturbed:

RER A: disturbed traffic between La Défense and Poissy and between La Défense and Cergy le Haut.
RER B: extremely disturbed traffic between Paris Nord and Mitry Claye / CDG Airport 2. Normal traffic between Paris Nord and Robinson / Saint-Rémy lès Chevreuse.
RER D: almost no trains run on the line.
Line: H, J and L: disturbed traffic on the whole line
Line R: No train between Melun and Montereau via Hericy and between Moret and Montargis. Almost no train between Paris and Montereau via Moret.

Drivers exercise their right of withdrawal
Train drivers are in fact called to stop working by the CGT railway after the collision, Wednesday, between a TER and a truck at a crossing of the Ardennes. They assert their right of withdrawal following this accident, because the driver, injured, had to manage alone the situation: there was no controller on board. Eleven people were slightly injured in the accident. The drivers denounce the lack of more and more frequent controllers on board trains.

The right of withdrawal, provided for by the Labor Code, does not require the filing of notice and does not entail any penalty or withholding of salary.

A “not normal” movement for the government
The Secretary of State for Transport lamented a “surprise strike outside the legal framework”. It is “not normal to take users to witness a union position on a device they dispute,” said Jean-Baptiste Djebbari. “Three-quarters of TERs are operated alone on board,” said the Secretary of State who sees “an approved driving measure” practiced “throughout Europe”.

Due to the social movement of 18/10/2019 without notice, the circulation of TGV INOUI and Intercités is disrupted. The exchange and refund fees are free of charge from 18/10 to 21/10/2019 for the trips scheduled on 18/10/19 on all INOUI TGV and Intercités.
Before going to the station, we invite you to consult your usual information tools:
on the SNCF app> Information> Traffic Info,
– at www.sncf.com> Routes and booking> Traffic information,
– by telephone on the free number 0805 90 36 35,
For TGV trains INOUI and INTERCITÉS, all customers who have communicated their contact information are contacted by SMS or e-mail, regardless of the situation of their train.

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Paris: angry firefighters occupy the street

Three months with no real effect after a strike, the firefighters occupy the street: thousands of them broke the pavement on Tuesday, demanding in particular a salary increase and an improvement in their working conditions.

The national firefighters event in Paris gathered between 7,000 and 10,000 people on Tuesday. They demand in particular a salary increase and guarantees against aggressions and on the maintenance of their retirement, tensions with the police force enamelled the end of the procession.

They met at the Place de la République before merging into the cortege which rocked around 14h and ended around 18h, Place de la Nation.

Périgord, Yonne, Limousin, Meurthe-et-Moselle or Calvados: between 7,000 and 10,000 professional firefighters, according to the unions, demonstrated in Paris, as part of a day of national action.

The firefighters, who began a strike in June, demand, among other things, a salary increase and an increase in the number of employees. They wish to obtain guarantees against the aggressions, and on the maintenance of their retirement, threatened by the reform of the government.

The procession ended with clashes with the police.
The police prefecture denounced “the irresponsibility of some demonstrators” who maintained actions “despite the orders of dispersion”. Three members of the police were wounded and six protesters arrested for violence or throwing projectiles, according to the police prefecture.

The unions claim at salary level a revaluation of the fire premium (28% of base salary, against 19% currently) up to the risk premiums granted to police and gendarmes, as well as better protection against assaults the number of increases every year.

“We will demonstrate because neither the government nor the local authorities that finance the departmental fire and rescue services (SDIS) have met our expectations,” said AFP André Goretti, president of the FA / SPP -PATS, the first of nine professional firefighters’ unions, all calling for protests.

Throughout France, barracks have gone on strike in recent weeks and local rallies have been organized.

On the sidelines of the procession, dozens of firefighters were also gathered in front of the National Assembly where they lit smoke and blocked the traffic, under the surveillance of the forces of the order called in reinforcement.

Some firefighters chained themselves to the grids of the Assembly. The atmosphere was tense when law enforcement officers used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.

In the early evening around 19h, calm returned to the National Assembly, and the demonstration was dispersed.


Tribute to Prefectural Victims: Macron Calls on Nation to “Block” Against “Islamist Terrorism”

President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called “the entire nation” to “block” to fight “Islam carrying death”, during a tribute to the four officials killed Thursday by one of their colleagues in the police headquarters of Paris.

“Your colleagues have fallen under the blows – of a misguided and deadly Islam that it is our duty to eradicate -” continued the head of state, who called “the whole nation to unite “. “We will prevail only if our country rises to fight against this underground Islamism that corrupts the children of France,” he added, praising “the irreducible French spirit of resistance.”

He praised “the irreducible French spirit of resistance”, and called for the mobilization of all of us to “bloc” against Islamist terrorism during the tribute to the victims of the attack of the prefecture . Words made to mark. This is the first time he really settles down as the protector president, first of all the French against terrorism.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner presented the Legion of Honor, posthumously, to the four victims: Damien Ernest, major in charge of a local police unit (28 years of service), Anthony Lancelot, guardian of the peace (11 years old), Brice Le Mescam, principal administrative assistant (6 years old) and Aurélia Trifiro, peacekeeper (17 years old). The trainee police officer who killed the 45-year-old assailant will also be decorated but at a later date.

The investigators undertook to analyze a USB key found in the office of Mickaël Harpon, the author of the attack that had been working at the police headquarters since 2003, whose content raises speculation and concerns internally.

“The USB key contains computer data in huge numbers,” says a source close to the survey. “From today, people are requisitioned in all departments … to work on the data of the key,” she adds.

The investigators are working to make a “comprehensive inventory” of the contents of this key, in particular to determine whether images of propaganda of the Islamic State group therein as well as data relating to employees of the police headquarters were related or not to his professional activity.

“It was a computer scientist of the anti-terro at the DRPP (direction of the intelligence of the PP, Ed), when he did the maintenance, he could make copies of the contents of the computers”, wants to relativize a source close to the folder.

Since the attack, many voices accuse the authorities and seek to understand how Mickaël Harpon was able to go under the radar. According to the ministry, he had shown signs of possible radicalization within the Directorate of Intelligence of the Prefecture of Police (DRPP) where he was employed. The opposition, right and extreme right, cries the “state scandal” and demands the departure of Christophe Castaner. A resignation that excluded the person, while recognizing a “state dysfunction”.

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69 foreign leaders have lunch at the Elysée Palace after paying tribute to Jacques Chirac

After paying tribute to Jacques Chirac in the church of Saint-Sulpice, Emmanuel Macron received guests at the Elysée Palace, among the current and past foreign leaders who came to Paris.

Former US President Bill Clinton, who had sited in the church next to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was warmly welcomed by French President and his wife Brigitte Macron. Both have welcomed the two predecessors of the head of state, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, who will chair two tables with a few guests.

The menu, created by the chef of the Elysée Guillaume Gomez, was designed with a few glances at the late president: a correlzienne salad, in particular, was served in dishes made during Jacques Chirac’s two terms, between 1995 and 2007.

Emmanuel Macron had lunch at the table of Bill Clinton and former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf, Lebanese Prime Ministers Saad Hariri and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Italian and Congolese Presidents Sergio Mattarella and Denis Sassou N’Guesso, but also two crowned heads, King Abdullah of Jordan and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

Categories BREAKING NEWSMiscellaneous Facts

Attack on the knife: An attack on the Prefecture makes 4 dead and a woman is seriously injured

Four dead policemen and another person is seriously injured during the attack at the Paris police headquarters.

The assailant this administrative officer of the police headquarters, this 45-year-old man born in Martinique is presented as suffering from a disability and worked for 16 years as administrative agent within the DRPP (Directorate of Intelligence of the Prefecture of Police) of Paris) as a computer scientist.

The aggression occurred in the early afternoon inside this emblematic place of police power, located in the historic center of the capital, which includes the main directions of the Paris police with the exception of the federal police.

The assailant attacked his first three victims at around 1:00 pm for a reason that is still unknown, at the Intelligence Directorate of the Prefecture of Police (DRPP), before fatally wounding an affected woman in a police department in Paris on a staircase. He was shot in the courtyard of the police headquarters on August 19, 1944, and was shot dead by a police officer who told him in vain to release his knife, the sources said.

This category C official, an IT employee in the Prefecture Police Intelligence Directorate (DRPP), killed three police officers and one administrative officer with a kitchen knife.

A search of the home of the alleged perpetrator, located in the Paris region, was conducted by investigators on Thursday afternoon as part of an investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz for “intentional homicides and attempts to intentional homicide on persons holding public authority “. At the same time, the assailant’s wife was taken into custody.

Several hypotheses are studied: that of a sentimental vengeance followed by a stroke of madness, that of a professional conflict within his service, and another track is also dug: that of a possible religious radicalization.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who was due to visit Turkey, postponed his visit and went to the scene. He was joined by President Emmanuel Macron, who came to “show his support and solidarity to all the staff,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Paris is mourning his family this afternoon after this appalling attack on the @prefpolice. The toll is heavy, several policemen lost their lives. In my name and that of the Parisians, my first thoughts go to the families of the victims and their relatives.
– Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 3, 2019

“Seeing a colleague blame other colleagues is unheard of police memory,” said Denis Jacob, a leader of the union Alternative Police CFDT, who spoke of a context of “breaking the link between us “and” dehumanization of the institution “.

This deadly attack comes the day after a demonstration of thousands of police officers in Paris, for a “walk of anger”, an unprecedented mobilization for almost 20 years.

Unlike previous mobilizations, it was not a bloody incident that acted as a trigger, but an overload of work and tension related to the social movement of “yellow vests”, slammed against the social and fiscal policy of the government for almost a year, and a surge of suicides within the police (52 since January), a poor endemic in the institution. According to trade union organizations, 26,000 people took part in this mobilization. There are nearly 150,000 police officers in France.

If the motivations of the attacker of the police prefecture remain undetermined, the police are among the recurring objectives of jihadist organizations, including the Islamic State group (IS), while France has been affected since 2015 by a wave unprecedented Islamist attacks that left 251 dead.

France, hit since 2015 by a wave of unprecedented Islamist attacks that left 251 dead, still lives under a constant threat of terrorism.

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National Mourning: Mass and Military Honors to Jacques Chirac

The Saint-Sulpice church, the second largest religious building in the French capital, after Notre-Dame.

Close to the last home of Jacques and Bernadette Chirac. The couple had moved there four years, rue de Tournon, in the mansion of the French industrialist François Pinault, a family friend.

National mourning, mass at Saint-Sulpice and burial in strict intimacy: France bid farewell to Jacques Chirac on Monday, to which thousands of people paid tribute to the Invalides as early as Sunday until late at night.

To the Invalides still, but in the court this time, were held military funeral honors. Before the funeral convoy joins the Saint-Sulpice church. Bernadette Chirac, present at the private tribute, was not it for the solemn service.

A solemn service was celebrated, in the presence of Emmanuel Macron, the current French head of state, applauded on the steps of the church, is surrounded by no less than 80 foreign personalities, heads of state and government, former leaders and members of royal families. To the applause of the audience, the coffin was worn by the former security officers of Jacques Chirac.

This is the eighth time since the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958 that a national day of mourning has been decreed.
Flags are at half mast on public buildings.
The French are called to observe a minute of silence at 15:00, especially in classrooms.

Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris, left the Saint-Sulpice church to bow to the coffin, and greeted Jacques Chirac, “a warm man”, at the homily in honor of the former -president in the Saint-Sulpice church. “President Jacques Chirac […] focused his 1995 campaign on the theme of the social divide, thus focusing on those who remain on the side of the road,” he said.

A notable absence: that of Bernadette Chirac. Present in the morning, at a private ceremony at the Invalides, the wife of Jacques Chirac gave up this coming. It has been said weakened, it is in any case “because of health” that Bernadette Chirac will be absent from the solemn service, announced, Mgr Aupetit, archbishop of Paris.

The French President recovers his predecessors at the forefront: François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy but also Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a large part of the national political class.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Lebanese Prime Ministers, Saad Hariri and Hungarian Prime Ministers meet a little further. Former US President Bill Clinton also made the trip. As well as King Adballah of Jordan or Emir of Qatar.

A tribute will also be paid to the former president on the weekend of October 5 and 6 in Corrèze, of which he was the deputy. A few hundred people also gathered in front of the town hall of Brive-la-Gaillarde and on Tuesday morning a tribute sare made by the Town Hall to the former mayor and president Jacques Chirac.


The French Reunited to Honor Chirac’s Memory

On Sunday, the French were able to bid farewell to one of their favorite presidents by marching in front of the coffin of Jacques Chirac, exhibited at the Invalides in Paris.

Thousands have traveled to say goodbye to Jacques Chirac. Three days after the death of the former head of state, his coffin was displayed in a popular tribute to the Invalides on Sunday, September 29. The first visitors, some of whom were waiting in front of the gates as early as dawn, were able to enter the Invalides courtyard from 2 p.m. before gathering in front of the coffin, installed at the entrance to the Saint-Louis cathedral.

The tribute to the figure who was a figure of political life for 40 years began with an inter-religious ceremony in front of his body, in the presence of the Chirac family, but without his wife Bernadette, too weak.

The crowd then started marching in front of the coffin, which was displayed at the entrance to the Saint-Louis des Invalides cathedral. Covered with the blue-white-red flag, it was placed under a giant portrait of the former president and between two columns in the colors of the French flag and the European flag.

Outside the Hotel des Invalides, in a quiet and quiet setting, about 7000-8000 people in the impressive queue, extended in the middle of the afternoon over 600-700 meters. In the crowd, a “Farewell President, We Are Missing You” sign, flowers… Some have been waiting since the morning, despite the rains.

Between Thursday and Saturday, about 5,000 people, some of them young, rushed to sign condolences registers at the Elysée palace and express their “tenderness” and admiration for Jacques Chirac, who was never more popular than after his withdrawal from politics, now considered by his fellow citizens to be the best president of the Fifth Republic, on par with Charles de Gaulle.

More than 60,000 million French people signed the guestbook in memory of the former president who for 40 years stood alongside the French, from the poorest to the richest.

Due to the very high number of people, the Invalides courtyard was open all night long.

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Paris Fashion Week: L’Oréal Paris presented the 3rd edition of fashion and beauty

On Saturday, September 28, L’Oréal Paris celebrated the new beauty season of the 5th day of Paris Fashion Week 2019.

After the grandiose show on the Champs Elysées of the first edition in 2017, the second edition on a podium floating on the Seine in 2018, the third edition took place at the Monnaie de Paris, the most historic institution in France. Once again the event became a must-see event for Paris Fashion Week, with emerging designers and internationally renowned houses, the brand reaffirmed its privileged links with the world of fashion.

Actresses, singers, athletes and models all showcased the diversity of the new L’Oréal Paris season, during this exceptional meeting for women of all ages and backgrounds.

As each show has a scenario, this year the musical decor is authentic with a classical theme, created by the famous electronic composer Thomas Roussel, specifically for the parade and accompanied by an orchestra of 40 musicians.

The show took place at the Monnaie de Paris, located in Quai de Conti in the 6th arrondissement, in the presence of 600 guests, including models including Naomi Campbell, Estelle Lefebure, Sonia Rolland, Olga Kurylenko, Tina Kunakey, Louise Bourgoin (…) etc.

Camila Cabello and Amber Heard made their first appearance at the L’Oréal Paris parade, and were among the 32 spokespersons who marched on the life-size podium to present the collections of ready-to-wear and sewing brands that were associated.

Eva Longoria, cosmetics brand ambassador, was present for her second show; the star of the small screen even walked the podium wearing her baby, Santiago, for the final.

Helen Mirren and Andie McDowell made their return to the podium in Paris, while other celebrities such as Marie Bochet, Liya Kebede, Aja Naomi King, Doutzen Kroes, Soo Joo Park, Luma Grothe, Duckie Thot and Aishwarya Rai made their return to the podium, showing once again that beauty has no Age.

L’Oréal Paris has demonstrated all its expertise through this parade in the synergy between beauty and fashion and has shared it in an unprecedented way with 66 looks created by Val Garland, Global Makeup Artist and its teams of 29 professionals but also 66 incredible hairstyles created specifically for the event by Stéphane Lvieux and Global Hair artist.

This year, 13 designers were partners in the parade, bringing a new style and style to the 32 models with iconic fashion designers such as emerging, AMI, Atlein, Balmain, Cédric Charlier, Dries Van Noten, Elie Saab, Etudes, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld, Koché, Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Olivier Theyli skens, Rokh.

The 3rd edition of the Oréal Paris was a success in Paris Fashion Week, transforming the French capital for a week the city of love into a city of fashion; we look forward to the new edition of 2020.


Death of Jacques Chirac: The whole world pays tribute to him

Former President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac died this Thursday at the age of 86, announced his family to AFP.

“President Jacques Chirac passed away this morning among his people. Peaceful”, announced his son-in-law Frédéric Salat-Baroux. The French will be able to pay tribute to him in the days that come to a place to define, he said.

This very popular right-wing Fauve, which has been a part of French politics for 40 years, died and marked the French political life of the Fifth Republic with its imprint.

He was Prime Minister between 1974 and 1976, then from 1986 to 1988, under the colors of the RPR, before being elected President of the Republic for twelve years.

Jacques Chirac had managed to conquer the Elysée, dream of a life for this unique son, in 1995 after two defeats (1981 and 1988). The former head of state was one of the great politicians of the French right whose longevity, between brilliant and stressful successes, demonstrated exceptional rebound capacity.

Jacques Chirac unquestionably marked French political life, born in Paris on 29 November 1932, his heart was in Correze, the land of his grandparents. This family land where he will learn one of his greatest political qualities: the direction of contact.

A single child, he studied in Paris before joining the Institute of Political Studies in 1951. It was during his studies that Jacques Chirac met Bernadette Chodron of Courcel, whom he married on March 16, 1956. They will have two daughters, Laurence, born in 1958 and Claude, born in 1962. The couple will also adopt Anh Dao Traxel in 1979. They also have a grandson, Martin, born in 1996.

In the early 1960s, he was appointed to the office of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou before becoming involved in politics.

At the age of 35, he was a member of parliament and Secretary of State for Social Affairs under George Pompidou in a France still under the presidency of General De Gaulle. During the 1960s, he held several local positions, such as St. Féréole’s Municipal Councilor, Member of Parliament for Correze, or General Councilor of Correze.

He was then appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 1972. During the 1974 presidential elections, he supported Valéry Giscard D’Estaing for whom he became Prime Minister the same year, before resigning from his post in August 1976 due to disagreements with government policy, he founded a new political party, the RPR (Rally for the Republic). In March 1977, he became mayor of Paris.

He then plays his own card and secretly celebrates Mitterrand’s victory:he became the natural leader of the right in 1981.The strategy seems to pay off:five years later, he co-lives as Mitterrand’s prime minister.Which will be fatal.

Described as a warm, generous man, “always attentive to others”, his opponents sometimes called him “versatile.”In public opinion, however, his approval ratings remained very high.In 2015, he was the most beloved former president of the French Republic, according to a poll.Jacques Chirac then directed the campaign of his life:swept away his image, he suddenly became the fashionable candidate and realized his dream on May 17, 1995.He became the 22nd President of the Republic for twelve years.

His mandates will remain marked by his “no” to the second Iraq war, the end of military conscription, the recognition of the French state’s responsibility for Nazi crimes, the passage of the quinquennium, the call of alarm (“our house burns”) in the face of environmental degradation and a first major victory over the absurd road mortality.

By working militarily for an end to the crisis in Yugoslavia, Jacques Chirac has, from the beginning of his presidency, paid particular attention to international affairs.In particular, he is a defender of developing and Arab countries, where he is considered a “hero.”

His probably most important and memorable decision will remain his refusal in 2003 to engage France in the Iraq war with the United States.A position symbolized by the vibrant speech of his Minister Dominique de Villepin at the UN but which will earn him a “bashing” with the Americans.Guided by a certain morality, he also committed himself to humanitarian causes, in the fight against AIDS in particular, or for the environment, as he stated at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in September 2002:“Our house burns and we look elsewhere.”

Tributes poured in as soon as the death of the 12-year-old presiding over France (1995-2007) was announced, culminating in a lifetime of power, before facing the disease for many years.

Abroad, German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised “a great partner and friend”, while the President of the European Commission, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker, considered that “today Europe is losing one of its leading figures, France is a great statesman and I am a loyal friend”.Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri greeted one of France’s “greatest men.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the death of former French President Jacques Chirac, the Kremlin says. In a message of condolences to Jacques Chirac’s widow, Bernadette, he greets a “wise and visionary” leader. He also added that “a whole period of the modern history of France is linked to the name Chirac,” “Russia will remember its great personal contribution to strengthening friendly relations among our states, as well as to our mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation.”

In French politics, a minute of silence was observed in the National Assembly, as well as in the Senate, where the death was announced in the sitting.

“It is a part of my life that is disappearing today,” commented Nicolas Sarkozy, his immediate successor to the Elysée Palace, expressing his “deep sadness” after Thursday’s announcement of the death of former head of state Jacques Chirac.
“He has embodied a France that is faithful to its universal values and its historical role” and “he has never ceded anything about our independence, as well as his deep European commitment”, added Mr. Sarkozy in a statement, welcoming “the imposing stature and the special voice of Jacques Chirac”.

Former President François Hollande welcomed in a statement a “fighter”, “a humanist” and “a man of culture” who “had been able to establish a personal link with the French”.

Former head of state Valéry Giscard expressed his “emotion” to him about the death of his prime minister. “I learned with great emotion the news of the disappearance of former President Jacques Chirac. I send a message of deep condolences to his wife and relatives,” the former head of state wrote in a short message.

“Paris is in mourning,” said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of the capital, led for 18 years by Jacques Chirac. The former head of state was one of the great Fauves of the French right. Its longevity, between brilliant and stressful successes, has demonstrated exceptional rebound capacity.

Singer and comedian Line Renaud explained that “it’s as if it was (her) brother” who disappeared, while the industrialist François Pinault, an intimate friend of the Chirac couple who expressed their “infinite sadness”, spent about twenty minutes at Jacques Chirac’s last home in Paris, at 4 rue de Tournon in the 6th arrondissement.

The president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen praised the president as “capable of opposing the madness of the war in Iraq”, while his father, Jean-Marie, defeated by Chirac in the second round of the presidential election in 2002, believed that “even the enemy has the right to respect”.

President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a televised address to his predecessor at 8 p.m. The head of state has given up on his trip to Rodez, where he is scheduled to launch the national pension debate later that evening.

An International Award:
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor (1995)
Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (1974)
Military Value Cross
Aeronautics Medal
Knight of Agricultural Merit, Arts and Letters, Black Star, Sports Merit
Grand Cross of Merit of the Sovereign Order of Malta
Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (1987)
Grand Cross of the Order of Three Stars (Latvia 1997)
Knight Grand Cross at the Grand Cordon of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (1999)
Grand Collier of the Order of Prince Henry (Portugal 1999)
Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saint Olaf (Norway 2000)
Collier of the Terra Mariana Cross (Estonia 2001)
Collier of the Royal Order of Carlos III (Spain 2006)
Russian Federation State Prize (2007)