France bids farewell to ex-president Jacques Chirac; many world leaders attend memorial service in Paris
Chirac's death on Thursday aged 86 prompted a flood of tributes to a man whose high-profile political career spanned three decades
Ex-French president Jacques Chirac dies at 86; 'Le Bulldozer' stood up to US, was first leader to acknowledge France's role in Holocaust
Jacques Chirac's son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux said that the former French president died 'peacefully, among his loved ones'
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy loses final bid to avoid corruption trial, likely to appear in court in coming months
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has lost his final bid to avoid a trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, and will likely have to appear in court in the coming months.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial over the allegedly fraudulent financing of his doomed 2012 bid for re-election, a legal source said on Tuesday.
Chirac, who served two terms as head of state, is probably best remembered internationally for his opposition to the US military intervention in Iraq in 2003
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Francois Hollande, who topped the first round of a presidential election on Sunday, promises to spare France harsh, Greek-style austerity and to refocus Europe on economic growth if he becomes France's president.
Chirac is the country's first head of state to be convicted since Nazi collaborator Marshal Philippe Petain in 1945..