Crown prince Moulay El Hassan attends official funeral of Jacques Chirac

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Crown prince Moulay El Hassan in Paris to attend the funeral of French former President Jacques Chirac. / Ph. DR
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Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan represented, Monday in Paris, King Mohammed VI at the official funeral of the late French President Jacques Chirac, which took place at the Saint-Sulpice church.

Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, who was accompanied by minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, was welcomed upon his arrival at the church by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

He then took his place alongside the Heads of State and Government and several high-ranking officials who came to France to pay tribute to President Chirac.

The memorial ceremony was chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, in the presence of relatives and friends of the deceased president.

Several French personalities, including the former Presidents François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Valéry Giscard D'Estaing, also took part in this ceremony, which had been preceded by a private family ceremony at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides cathedral.

At the end of this family church service, military honors were paid to President Chirac at the Hotel des Invalides in central Paris, in the presence of President Macron.

Sunday, the French people paid their respects to Jacques Chirac at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.

Chirac, who died Thursday at the age of 86, was president from 1995 to 2007.

«The Kingdom of Morocco will cherish the memory of a great friend who actively contributed to the strengthening of the relations of friendship between our two countries by establishing an exceptional partnership. This unique partnership is the reference of our cooperation», King Mohammed VI pointed out in a message of condolences sent to President Emmanuel Macron following the death of Chirac.

The Sovereign has also extended, on his behalf and that of the royal family, his heartfelt condolences to Bernadette Chirac and Claude Chirac.

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