Former French President Jacques Chirac in 2007 via Wikimedia / Eric Pouhier

Jacques Chirac was strong, competent president, Miloš Zeman notes on his death

Czech President Miloš Zeman considered former French president Jacques Chirac, who died aged 86 today, a competent and strong president

Prague, Sept 26 (CTK) – Czech President Miloš Zeman considered former French president Jacques Chirac, who died aged 86 today, a competent and strong president, Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has told journalists.

Zeman will send a letter of condolences on Chirac’s death to France, Ovcacek said.

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Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), too, expressed sympathy to Chirac’s family.

“I will remember him as a strong man whose life was an embodiment of political success. Today, Europe lost a great Frenchman, a great politician,” he added.

Former president Vaclav Klaus (2003-2013) denoted Chirac as his good friend.

The statesmen of Chirac’s stature are disappearing in the world politics, Klaus said.

“I met him, he was a competent, strong and friendly president,” Ovcacek quoted Zeman as saying.

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Zeman met Chirac at the beginning of the century, when he was the Czech prime minister and Chirac the president of France.

“I knew well Chirac. We met several times. I think we understood each other well and we were good friends,” said Klaus.

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“At present, the statesmen of his type are disappearing in the world politics. France needs another, new Jacques Chirac,” he added.

Chirac was the president of France between 1995 and 2007.

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