Chirac to bid French nation farewell Tuesday night

After two terms and 12 years in office, outgoing French President Jacques Chirac will bid the French people farewell as he addresses the nation on national television and radio Tuesday evening before handing over power on Wednesday to the newly elected Pr

Chirac to bid French nation farewell Tuesday night
After two terms and 12 years in office, outgoing French President Jacques Chirac will bid the French people farewell as he addresses the nation on national television and radio Tuesday evening before handing over power on Wednesday to the newly elected President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Chirac said his goodbye to Europe from Berlin on Sunday, during which he stressed the importance of a stronger role for Europe in a "multi polar" world.

It is expected that during his speech to the nation, Chirac will recall the tasks and actions he has carried out during his 12 years in office and over 40 years in political life, in addition to focusing on important issues that concern France.

Chirac is expected to hand over power to Sarkozy and leave the Elysee Palace at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday where it has been reported that he will immediately go on vacation to an undisclosed destination, although there is speculation this is likely to be Morocco.
Chirac is planning to establish a foundation later this year under his name, focusing on issues that are dear to his heart, like the environment, sustainable development and dialogue between cultures.

After the transition ceremony, Sarkozy will visit the Arc de Triomphe to rekindle the flame at the tomb of the unknown soldier, as it is a French tradition to do so. He will later travel to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Last Mod: 15 Mayıs 2007, 16:39
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