The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue, have attended the acts of homage for the former French President, Jacques Chirac, who died recently.
Over eighty leaders from various nations, delegations from friendly countries and former French Presidents, such as Nicolas Sarkozy, Francois Hollande and ValAry Giscard, among others, gathered in the French capital to bid a final farewell to the man who led this European country from 1995-2007, Jacques Rene Chirac, who died on 26th September, at the age of 86.
The programme arranged by the French government, led by H. E. Emmanuel Macron, for the State funeral, began with military honours in the Place des Invalides, in the presence of family, guests and some members of the Government of the host nation.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, a member country of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), took part in the ceremony with a senior official delegation led by the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
On the same day there was a solemn requiem mass at the Church of Saint-Sulpice.
Jacques Chirac, whom many have described as one of the best French presidents and a sincere friend of Africa, maintained an intense relationship with leaders of African countries in general, and with H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in particular.
Jacques Rene Chirac was born in Paris on 29th November, 1932. He was elected Mayor of Paris three times, was Minister for Agriculture and the Interior, was twice Prime Minister, and from 1995 to 2007 was President of the French Republic.
Relations between the French Government and Equatorial Guinea are excellent, and the two nations cooperate in sectors such as the economy, culture, education and defence, to name a few.
The ceremonies filled the schedule of the presidential couple on the second day of their stay in Paris.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea