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.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.