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Chirac launches foundation to promote cultural diversity

Chirac launches foundation to promote cultural diversity

Former French president Jacques Chirac of France puts aside his legal troubles and returns to the public eye this week to launch his foundation for sustainable development and cultural diversity.
Surrounded by friends like the former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus and former president Abdou Diouf of Senegal - all members of the foundation's honorary committee - Chirac inaugurates the foundation in Paris tomorrow.
The 75-year-old former president will unveil a first batch of development projects for Africa and plans to travel abroad, including a trip to China that was delayed after he underwent a pacemaker operation in April.
"In the face of major world challenges, I still want to fight," Chirac said in an interview last week with the daily Le Figaro, his first since leaving office last year.
"And the foundation is the tool for this. I want to stir and awaken consciences."
The high-profile event marks a rare public appearance by Chirac, who has been battling corruption allegations since he lost his presidential immunity and became a private citizen again after serving 12 years in office.
After handing over political power to Nicolas Sarkozy in May last year, Chirac has since retired to a quiet life with his wife Bernadette in a Paris Left Bank apartment.


Updated : 2021-08-04 02:54 GMT+08:00