Paris – Farewell, JFK. Hello, Jacques Chirac.
A French town is changing the name of a major avenue, scrapping the name of late US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy to honour a French president instead.
The city council in Brive-la-Gaillarde, a town in Chirac’s former fiefdom in central France, has voted to rename the street “Jacques and Bernadette Chirac”, after the president who served 1995-2007 and his wife.
Mayor Frederic Soulier said the city preferred to honour a couple who did a lot for the region rather than a foreign leader.
Bernadette Chirac said in a letter published by radio network France Bleu that the initiative “moves us a lot” and called it a “great honour”.
Chirac’s name is associated with a Paris museum but it’s the first street named after him.