PARIS -- Thousands of mourners paid tribute Sunday to former French President Jacques Chirac, who died at 86.
Chirac was lying in state Sunday afternoon inside the Invalides monument in Paris, where France honors its heroes, after he died Thursday.
People were holding a moment of silence in front of the casket draped in the French flag under a large, smiling picture of Chirac.
A booklet prepared by Chirac's family was handed to those who came to the Invalides. Titled "Chirac in his own words," it includes some quotes evoking key moments of Chirac's presidency, like when he defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, saying: "War is always the worst of all solutions."
Chirac was also the first French president to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust in 1995.
Remy Clovel came from Paris' western suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye to pay his respects.
"I have Jewish origins, so it's important for us that he (Chirac) acknowledged the responsibility of the French state in the persecution of Jews during the Second World War," he said.