France expresses 'sadness' over Fahd's death

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PARIS, Aug 1 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac on Monday expressed France's "profound sadness" at the death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd and said he would travel to Riyadh for the funeral.

PARIS, Aug 1 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac on Monday expressed France's "profound sadness" at the death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd and said he would travel to Riyadh for the funeral.

In a statement released by his office, Chirac said: "During his reign, King Fahd put the safety of his people above all else. In perilous times he was the guarantor of his country's cohesion and the defender of regional stability. He knew how to apply wisdom to the kingdom's changes."

Chirac also stressed that the monarch had done much to promote "the strong and trusting relationship" between Saudi Arabia and France.

"The old friendship, which has prevailed since General (Charles) de Gaulle's establishment of exceptional ties between the two nations, took on a new dimension under his reign, informed by a shared vision of major regional and international developments."

His office announced that Chirac would go to Riyadh on Tuesday to "present France's condolences" at King Fahd's funeral.

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