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Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel among world leaders to bid farewell to Helmut Kohl

Strasbourg: Current and former leaders from Europe and beyond are gathering in Strasbourg, France to bid farewell to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died on 16 June at 87.

The ceremony Saturday at the European Parliament's seat in Strasbourg, close to the border with Germany, was deemed fitting for a chancellor whose biggest achievements included helping unite Europe.

It is the first time such a memorial for a national leader is being held at the European level. Among the speakers are EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, former US president Bill Clinton, French president Emmanuel Macron and current German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Juncker described Kohl as "a German patriot and at the same time a European patriot."

Kohl will be buried later Saturday following a mass in the German city of Speyer.

Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 15:08 PM | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 15:08 PM

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