France declares national day of mourning for late president Valery Giscard d'Estaing


PARIS, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday evening declared Dec. 9 a day of national mourning for late president Valery Giscard d'Estaing.

"I belong to a generation that was born under his presidency, and that, no doubt, has not always understood to what extent Valery Giscard d'Estaing had changed France for it," Macron said in a televised speech paying tribute to the late president.

"His legacy of modernity will remain. You can be certain that I will do everything, together with you, to keep that flame of progress and optimism alive," the president added.

Under strict health protocol amid the coronavirus epidemic, condolences may be offered in town halls and Orsay museum in Paris this weekend. A solemn homage will be organized at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Feb. 2, the day of his birth, Macron said.

The centrist former head of state died on Wednesday at the age of 94 in Loir-et-Cher, west France.

Recently, he was hospitalized several times for heart problems. His last public appearance was in September 2019 when he attended the funeral of Jacques Chirac, another former president.

Giscard d'Estaing, president of France from 1974 to 1981, firmly supported European integration and worked with Germany's former chancellor Helmut Schmidt to create the European Monetary System (EMS) in 1979, which later gave birth to the euro, Europe's single common currency.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In World

German health minister calls for further efforts to contain spread of coronavirus
Swiss ski resort St Moritz quarantines hotels, shuts schools to contain COVID variant
After Twitter banned Trump, election misinformation online plunged dramatically
Saudis vowed to stop executing minors; some death sentences remain, rights groups say
Japan PM Suga: Will exhaust all means to protect pandemic-hit medical system
Shift to renewable energy eases key environmental burdens, EU says
Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 7,141 - RKI
Sulawesi quake death toll at 81 as Indonesia battles series of disasters
Trump, in wave of Tuesday pardons, so far not planning to pardon himself - source
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

Stories You'll Enjoy