Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wanted to attend a farewell ceremony with former French President Jacques Chirac, but his request was rejected. Spiegel writes about it. According to the newspaper, the reason for the refusal could have been a misunderstanding.
It is reported that the politician requested an official invitation through the German Embassy in Paris. However, in response, the Elysee Palace said that the places are strictly limited. At the same time, Spiegel writes that the German politician still intends to attend the ceremony at will and without an official invitation. In addition, in the church where the farewell will take place, the place for Schroeder is reserved.
The ceremony takes place on September 30 at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. French leader Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended.
Jacques Chirac died on 26 September at the age of 86. He led France from 1995 to 2007. The politician also served twice as prime minister of the republic and was elected mayor of Paris three times.