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D E Many European and Italian leaders attended Friday in Rome to the funeral of state organized for the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, died at the beginning of the week.

The Italian President Sergio Mattella and the Chief of the Government of Mario Draghi, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel reported among those who paid tribute to the former journalist and a long-standing European member. .

A guard of honor has accompanied the arrival of his coffin, covered with a flag of the European Union, in the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-des-Anges and Martyrs.

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 © Pool New having suffered by the past of leukemia, David Sassoli had already been hospitalized this fall For pneumonia that had kept it away from Parliament for several weeks. Reuters / Patrick Hertzog having suffered by the past of leukemia, David Sassoli had already been hospitalized this fall for pneumonia that had kept it away from Parliament for several weeks.

thousands of people had dated Thursday to say goodbye to the remains of David Sassoli in Capitol, Rome.

Among the other personalities present at the funeral were the French Prime Minister Jean Castex, France ensuring the turnting presidency of the EU, his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez, the Presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Italian MPs and a large number of Ministers.


Video: The European Parliament pays tribute to its President David Sassoli (Dailymotion)

The ceremony was broadcast live by RAI public television, under the title "Ciao David".

"David Sassoli was a great European and a convinced friend of France. I knew David Sassoli for exchanged on multiple occasions last year with him," said French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

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"I salute this man, I greet his intelligence, his great finesse. I was extremely shocked by brutality, the rapidity of his death," he added.

Mr Sassoli died in the early hours of Tuesday in a hospital in northern Italy where he had been admitted on December 26 of a "serious complication due to malfunction of the immune system".

Its term of two and a half years to the head of the EU's legislative body had to end this month.

The Acting President of the European Parliament is now his highest vice-president, Roberta Metsola, a Maltese politician who was already under successful to succeed Mr. Sassoli.

Mrs. Von der Leyen had described the death of David Sassoli of "Sad Day for Europe" and Mr. Draghi hailed in him "a profound pro-European (...), a symbol of equilibrium, of humanity and generosity ".

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