Chirac condemns Hariri slaying

16th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

BEIRUT, Feb 16 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac demanded Wednesday in Lebanon that "light be shed" in the murder of his friend, Rafiq Hariri, before paying his respects at the grave of the former Lebanese prime minister.

BEIRUT, Feb 16 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac demanded Wednesday in Lebanon that "light be shed" in the murder of his friend, Rafiq Hariri, before paying his respects at the grave of the former Lebanese prime minister.

Chirac was speaking after he arrived in Lebanon to pay his condolences to the family of Hariri.

"The heinous crime, which seems to be from another era, which Rafiq Hariri was a victim of, has triggered the horror and consternation of the entire international community which now demands that light be shed in this undescribable and abominable act," Chirac said.

Hariri was killed in a massive bomb blast in Beirut on Monday and France has called for an international inquiry.

Chirac said Hariri's death "is a huge loss for Lebanon and the world".

"Rafiq Hariri held up the banner of democracy and freedom and pushed for the country's sovereignty and independence. I can testify to that," Chirac added.

He later paid his respects at Hariri's tomb in central Beirut's Mohammad al-Amin mosque in Martyrs' Square.

After spending time with mourners at Hariri's mansion home, the French president visited the grave accompanied by his wife Bernadette and Hariri's widow, Nazek Hariri.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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