President of France
The Legal, Defence and Health Committees of the two chambers of Parliament gave, on Wednesday, approval reports for the decree of President Klaus Iohannis to extend the state of emergency by 30 days. Furthermore, the Economic Policy, European Affairs, Labor, Transportation and Education Committees also gave approval report for the decree.
The Prime Minister-designate, Ludovic Orban, sent a letter to the presidents of the two Houses of Parliament on Thursday, proposing a timetable for the new government's investiture. Orban wants the Parliament's plenary session where the new government is to be voted to take place next Wednesday, starting at 10:00 hrs.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris went off. The lights of the symbol of France were switched off on Thursday evening, in memory of Jacques Chirac. The President (1995-2007) passed away at the age of 86. Monday was declared a day of national mourning in France.
The Élysée Palace will be open until Sunday so that the people can express their condolences.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos praised late French President Jacques Chirac as "an emblematic personality" who succeeded in "boosting France's status on a European and international level."
In a statement expressing condolences after Chirac's death, Pavlopoulos praised Chirac's contribution to the project of European unification.