People queue at the Invalides monument to pay their respects to late French President Jacques Chirac, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Paris. Jacques Chirac will lie in state Sunday during a public ceremony at the Invalides monument, where France honors its heroes. A memorial service and private funeral are planned for Monday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Mourners say goodbye to late French President Jacques Chirac

September 29, 2019 - 8:49 am

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people have lined up in front of the Invalides monument in Paris to pay public tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac, who died Thursday at 86.

Chirac was lying in state Sunday afternoon inside the monument, where France honors its heroes.

People could hold a moment of silence in front of the casket, which was covered by the French flag under a large, smiling picture of Chirac.

A memorial service is planned Monday in Paris attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and about 30 former or current heads of states and government, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. A private funeral will take place later that day.

Chirac served as Paris mayor, a lawmaker, prime minister and France's president from 1995 to 2007.

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