Former French president honored with doctorate in Istanbul

16:57, May 12, 2010      

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Former French President Jacques Chirac received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Galatasaray University in a ceremony in Istanbul on Tuesday.

During the ceremony, Chirac said "I have given my message of friendship and brotherhood to the Turkish people."

When talking about of the common fate shared by France and Turkey, Chirac said "Whatever the tie between Turkey and the European Union, the tie must be as strong as possible. I believe Turkey and the EU share a common destiny."

The semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted Chirac as saying that Europe should trust Turkey's future, and its relations with France and the EU more than ever.

Chirac has served as the president of France, the prime minister of the country, and the mayor of Paris.

Source: Xinhua
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