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Statement on the passing of Jacques Chirac

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., today expressed deep sadness upon the passing of former French President, Jacques Chirac.

I am very saddened to hear of the death earlier today of former French President, Jacques Chirac.

I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, family and the people of France.

Jacques Chirac made a major contribution to French and European political life over the course of a long career of dedicated public service. He was not only President of France for twelve years but also served as Mayor of Paris and twice as Prime Minister.

His commitment to European integration and to the European Union playing a positive role in resolving international conflicts was evident throughout his long political career.

Ireland and France are linked through culture, history, trade, shared values, and our shared engagement in Europe. The relationship is one of a strong and enduring friendship. Former President Chirac continued that tradition and was a great friend of Ireland. He visited Ireland on several occasions and always sought to cultivate the closest possible ties with this country.

Tous nos hommages à un grand ami de l’Irlande."

ENDS

Press Office

26 September 2019

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