Late French President Jacques Chirac’s memorial service will be conducted at Paris second-largest church of Saint-Sulpice today Monday at 10:00 GMT.
It is scheduled that his coffin will be brought in a convoy beforehand.
About 30 heads of state and government leaders are set to attend the large memorial service in Paris for Chirac, the Elysee Palace announced.
The following leaders are expected to attend: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and others.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be in attendance at the service, as are former presidents Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
Chirac, the last French head of state to complete two terms in office, passed away last Thursday at the age of 86. Flags were lowered Friday on buildings and monuments throughout France in his honor.
Tributes have poured in from heads of state around the world this week.
Noteworthy, Jacques René Chirac was a French politician who served as President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 1995 to 2007.
Chirac was previously the Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.
He was also known for his stand against the American-led assault on Iraq, his recognition of the collaborationist French Government’s role in deporting Jews, and his reduction of the presidential term from 7 years to 5 through a referendum in 2000. At the 2002 French presidential election, he won 82.2% of the vote in the second round against the far-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
During his second term, however, he had a very low approval rating and was considered one of the least popular presidents in modern French political history.