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The French president Emmanuel Macron today bows his head over the coffin of former leader Jacques Chirac in Paris

A gloomy Emmanuel Macron stood today during a military tribute in Paris above the flagbox of the former President of France, Jacques Chirac.

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Macron chaired the ceremony near Napoleon's grave, while a military band played La Marseillaise before the coffin was driven through Paris for a memorial service.

Past and present world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton, and Nicolas Sarkozy, were among the mourners in the Saint-Sulpice Church along with Chirac's daughter Claude and her family.

On a national day of mourning, a minute's silence was held in schools and public buildings throughout France to remind Chirac, who was president from 1995 to 2007.

Chirac, who died last Thursday at the age of 86, is later buried alongside his daughter Laurence in a private family ceremony.

The French president Emmanuel Macron today bows his head over the coffin of former leader Jacques Chirac in Paris

The French president Emmanuel Macron today bows his head over the coffin of former leader Jacques Chirac in Paris

In the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, President Macron speaks with Chirac & Daughter Claude Chirac (second left), while her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (second right) and son Martin Rey-Chirac (right) look on
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In the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, President Macron speaks with Chirac & Daughter Claude Chirac (second left), while her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (second right) and son Martin Rey-Chirac (right) look on

In the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, President Macron speaks with Chirac & Daughter Claude Chirac (second left), while her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (second right) and son Martin Rey-Chirac (right) look on

Brigitte Macron, wife of current French leader Emmanuel Macron, arrives in Paris this morning for the commemoration

Brigitte Macron, wife of current French leader Emmanuel Macron, arrives in Paris this morning for the commemoration

Brigitte Macron, wife of current French leader Emmanuel Macron, arrives in Paris this morning for the commemoration

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni come to the funeral of President Chirac

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni come to the funeral of President Chirac

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni come to the funeral of President Chirac

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni come to the funeral of President Chirac

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former ally of Chirac who finally succeeded him as French president in 2007, arrives today at the funeral with his former supermodel wife Carla Bruni

A gloomy Macron, who spoke warmly about Chirac at a television address on Thursday, runs away from the former president's coffin draped by Tricolore during a military ceremony near Napoleon's tomb today
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A gloomy Macron, who spoke warmly about Chirac at a television address on Thursday, runs away from the former president's coffin draped by Tricolore during a military ceremony near Napoleon's tomb today

A gloomy Macron, who spoke warmly about Chirac at a television address on Thursday, runs away from the former president's coffin draped by Tricolore during a military ceremony near Napoleon's tomb today

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who took over the presidency in 2000 and overlaps with Chirac for most of his time as a French president, stands today in the church in Saint-Sulpice

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who took over the presidency in 2000 and overlaps with Chirac for most of his time as a French president, stands today in the church in Saint-Sulpice

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who took over the presidency in 2000 and overlaps with Chirac for most of his time as a French president, stands today in the church in Saint-Sulpice

French businessman Francois-Henri Punault and wife, actress Salma Hayek, come to attend the funeral during a national day of mourning in Paris

French businessman Francois-Henri Punault and wife, actress Salma Hayek, come to attend the funeral during a national day of mourning in Paris

Former US president Bill Clinton who overlaps with Chirac from 1995 to 2001
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Former US president Bill Clinton who overlaps with Chirac from 1995 to 2001

The controversial guests were actress Salma Hayek (left with her French businessman Francois-Henri Punault) and former US president Bill Clinton (right) who overlap each other in office with Chirac from 1995 to 2001

Chirac's daughter Claude Chirac (center), her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (right), her son Martin Rey-Chirac (second left) and other family members arrive today at the commemoration in Saint-Sulpice in Paris

Chirac's daughter Claude Chirac (center), her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (right), her son Martin Rey-Chirac (second left) and other family members arrive today at the commemoration in Saint-Sulpice in Paris

Chirac's daughter Claude Chirac (center), her husband Frederic Salat-Baroux (right), her son Martin Rey-Chirac (second left) and other family members arrive today at the commemoration in Saint-Sulpice in Paris

Jacques Chirac (pictured in 2002) served as president from 1995 to 2007 and died last Thursday at the age of 86

Jacques Chirac (pictured in 2002) served as president from 1995 to 2007 and died last Thursday at the age of 86

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Jacques Chirac (pictured in 2002) served as president from 1995 to 2007 and died last Thursday at the age of 86

Macron, who spoke warmly about Chirac at a television address on Thursday, stood above the coffin and inspected troops during the military ceremony in Les Invalides.

His wife Brigitte Macron was one of the mourners at the commemoration after the Chirac coffin was driven through Paris to the Saint-Sulpice church.

Still clad in a Tricolore, the coffin was carried into the church by his former bodyguards while spectators applauded outside.

Chirac & # 39; s widow Bernadette, who kept track of him during their 63-year marriage despite his reputation for femininity and philandering, previously attended a private service, but was not present at the main ceremony.

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His immediate successors, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, were both present, since his rare predecessor Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing was 93 years old.

Former supermodel Carla Bruni accompanied her husband Sarkozy at the ceremony, while Hollywood actress Salma Hayek – who invited Chirac to her 2009 wedding – was also there.

Other world leaders were the Russian Vladimir Putin, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Jean-Claude Juncker, chief of the European Commission.

Putin worked with Chirac in his own first period as president and the couple was particularly united in their opposition to the invasion of Iraq.

Emmanuel Macron talks to Claude Chirac while the current wife Brigitte, 66, looks behind her husband

Emmanuel Macron talks to Claude Chirac while the current wife Brigitte, 66, looks behind her husband

Emmanuel Macron talks to Claude Chirac while the current wife Brigitte, 66, looks behind her husband

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni are greeted by Macron & # 39; s current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe outside the church

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni are greeted by Macron & # 39; s current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe outside the church

Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni are greeted by Macron & # 39; s current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe outside the church

Former French leader Francois Hollande

Former French leader Francois Hollande

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron in the church today

Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron in the church today

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Chirac & # 39; s successor-to-two Francois Hollande (left) – of whom Chirac is allegedly voting for the 2012 elections – arrives at the church, where Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron (right) are seen inside during the service

French police on motorcycles accompany the funeral procession of Chirac as they leave Les Invalides (in the background), a monument with the tomb of Napoleon, en route to a memorial service in the church Saint-Sulpice

French police on motorcycles accompany the funeral procession of Chirac as they leave Les Invalides (in the background), a monument with the tomb of Napoleon, en route to a memorial service in the church Saint-Sulpice

French police on motorcycles accompany the funeral procession of Chirac as they leave Les Invalides (in the background), a monument with the tomb of Napoleon, en route to a memorial service in the church Saint-Sulpice

French President Emmanuel Macron stands in front of the flag-draped coffin of the late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument

French President Emmanuel Macron stands in front of the flag-draped coffin of the late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument

French President Emmanuel Macron stands in front of the flag-draped coffin of the late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument

French republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of the late French president Jacques Chirac during a military ceremony in Invalides
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French republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of the late French president Jacques Chirac during a military ceremony in Invalides

French republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of the late French president Jacques Chirac during a military ceremony in Invalides

Three former presidents: Francois Hollande (left), Nicolas Sarkozy (center, with his wife Carla Bruni second left), and Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (right), with his wife Anne-Aymone bent over, attending the funeral today

Three former presidents: Francois Hollande (left), Nicolas Sarkozy (center, with his wife Carla Bruni second left), and Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (right), with his wife Anne-Aymone bent over, attending the funeral today

Three former presidents: Francois Hollande (left), Nicolas Sarkozy (center, with his wife Carla Bruni second left), and Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (right), with his wife Anne-Aymone bent over, attending the funeral today

Pall bearers carry Chirac & # 39; s coffin from the Les Invalides monument in Paris this morning where world leaders from past and present come together to pay their respects to the old French politician

Pall bearers carry Chirac & # 39; s coffin from the Les Invalides monument in Paris this morning where world leaders from past and present come together to pay their respects to the old French politician

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Pall bearers carry Chirac & # 39; s coffin from the Les Invalides monument in Paris this morning where world leaders from past and present come together to pay their respects to the old French politician

Former Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (center), who is 93, arrives today at the funeral together with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, second right, and Prince Albert of Monaco, right, in Qatar

Former Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (center), who is 93, arrives today at the funeral together with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, second right, and Prince Albert of Monaco, right, in Qatar

Former Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing (center), who is 93, arrives today at the funeral together with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, second right, and Prince Albert of Monaco, right, in Qatar

Claude Chirac, the daughter of the former president of France, Jacques Chirac (right), and her stepdaughter Esther Salat-Baroux (left) come to a church service for former president Chirax in the Saint-Sulpice church

Claude Chirac, the daughter of the former president of France, Jacques Chirac (right), and her stepdaughter Esther Salat-Baroux (left) come to a church service for former president Chirax in the Saint-Sulpice church

Claude Chirac, the daughter of the former president of France, Jacques Chirac (right), and her stepdaughter Esther Salat-Baroux (left) come to a church service for former president Chirax in the Saint-Sulpice church

The death of Chirac led to a stream of tribute to a man whose controversial political career spanned four decades, topped with 12 years as president from 1995 to 2007.

But it also raised questions about how much the perfect political operator actually achieved during a long period of office and again drew attention to a 2011 conviction for grafting about his time as mayor of Paris.

Nevertheless, a poll in the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche showed that the French consider him their best president of modern times, alongside Charles de Gaulle, with his best performance seen as against the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Thousands stood in a line that swayed around the Invalides memorial complex on Sunday, brave rainy weather and the prospect of waiting for hours to catch a glimpse of the Chirac casket draped in a French flag.

The tribute continues until Wednesday, when the French rugby team will put on black bracelets in a sign of mourning for Chirac during their World Cup collision with the United States.

Chirac is buried in the cemetery of Montparnasse in southern Paris, alongside his daughter Laurence who died in 2016 at the age of 58 after a fight with anorexia.

A crowd of Parisians gather outside the church where the memorial service for Jacques Chirac was held this morning

A crowd of Parisians gather outside the church where the memorial service for Jacques Chirac was held this morning

A crowd of Parisians gather outside the church where the memorial service for Jacques Chirac was held this morning

The hearse carrying the Chirac coffin leaves the Invalides in front of the Saint Sulpice church for the funeral service

The hearse carrying the Chirac coffin leaves the Invalides in front of the Saint Sulpice church for the funeral service

The hearse carrying the Chirac coffin leaves the Invalides in front of the Saint Sulpice church for the funeral service

The French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, a former partner of former President Francois Hollande, comes to a service for the former French President Jacques Chirac in the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

The French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, a former partner of former President Francois Hollande, comes to a service for the former French President Jacques Chirac in the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

The French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, a former partner of former President Francois Hollande, comes to a service for the former French President Jacques Chirac in the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

Guards of honor carry Jacques Chirac's flag-draped coffin during a military ceremony near the tomb of Napoleon

Guards of honor carry Jacques Chirac's flag-draped coffin during a military ceremony near the tomb of Napoleon

Guards of honor carry Jacques Chirac's flag-draped coffin during a military ceremony near the tomb of Napoleon

President Macron follows French republican guards as they carry the coffin through the courtyard of Les Invalides

President Macron follows French republican guards as they carry the coffin through the courtyard of Les Invalides

President Macron follows French republican guards as they carry the coffin through the courtyard of Les Invalides

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