Former French President lauded by world leaders

Top officials from all over the world paid respect Thursday for former French President Jacques Chirac, who died this week at the age of 86.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech on national television, calling Chirac a "great Frenchman" who had "embodied" France. Richard Ferrand, the French National Assembly leader, said Chirac is a part of France's history.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Chirac was one of the statesmen he admires most and called Chirac "wise and far-sighted. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Chirac as "a formidable political leader who shaped the destiny of his nation." German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, quoted her in a tweet as saying that she was "very sad" about Chirac's death. Merkel said "he was an outstanding partner and friend to us Germans and to me personally".

Source: VOV5