PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron announced a national day of mourning on December 9 in memory of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died Wednesday night.
Macron also said a tribute would take place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on February 2, on what would have been Giscard’s 95th birthday.
“If our continent is stronger and more united, it is thanks to his European passion,” Macron said in a televised address, praising his predecessor’s key role in creating the European Council, paving the way to direct elections to the European Parliament and developing the European Monetary System.
Macron also praised the “visionary intelligence” of his predecessor and said his seven-year term as president had transformed France.
Macron thanked Giscard for his “audacity and courage” on issues such as women’s rights in the workplace, divorce by mutual consent, lowering the voting age to 18 and abortion rights. He also vowed to do his utmost to maintain the “flame of progress and optimism.”
Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday night at the age of 94. His family announced on Thursday evening that a funeral would take place Saturday in Authon, a small village of central France.
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