United Nations, Sep 27 : UN chief António Guterres has expressed his “deep sadness” at the death of long-time former French President, Jacques Chirac, who he said had served his country “with commitment and statesmanship”.
Extending his condolences to Mr Chirac’s family and the Government and people of France, Mr Guterres said in a statement, that the statesman had helped “set a course for the historic process of Europe’s political and economic integration”, in championing the European Union (EU).
Mr Chirac, who was 86, occupied the Élysée Palace between 1995 and 2007, having also served twice as Prime Minister, and took his nation into the single European currency.
“On the world stage, he was a pioneer on the fight against climate change, a committed diplomat and a man of peace”, said the UN chief. (UNi)