High profile deaths in 2019
A look at the high profile deaths in 2019.
France held a national day of mourning on Monday for former head of state Jacques Chirac following his death on Thursday last week.
Jacques Chirac, president from 1995 to 2007, died on Thursday aged 86 after a long period of ill health, with President Emmanuel Macron in an address to the nation praising 'a man whom we loved as much as he loved us'.
Twice elected head of state in 1995 and 2002, his 12 years in the Elysee Palace made him France's second-longest-serving president after his Socialist predecessor Francois Mitterrand.
Former French president Jacques Chirac, France’s second-longest serving president, dominated French politics for decades.
The charge against Nicolas Sarkozy, who led France for five years, exposes the 62-year old conservative politician to a 1-year prison sentence if convicted.