After the disappearance of Jacques Chirac on Thursday 26 September, the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, paid tribute to him.

 

Jacques Chirac lived for France.

At every moment, in each of his choices, he was guided by the love of his country and the will to serve it.

He offered us all a model of commitment, and many of us have forged our convictions by watching him defend his. With the French, he was able to build a relationship full of respect, trust and affection.

Our country and our culture owe him so much.

Jacques Chirac knew the value of culture; its ability to pacify, to calm, to bring us closer, to allow us to better understand the Other. His passion for Japan and oriental civilizations was well known. We owe him the entrance of the extra-western arts to the Louvre Museum, then the creation of the musée du quai Branly, to which he gave his name and which offers the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas the showcase they deserve.

Today our compatriots are losing a loved one; France, a great president; the world, a builder of dialogue between peoples.