Italy and Europe pay tribute to former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

Italy’s top politicians paid their respects on Sunday when the coffin of former President Giorgio Napolitano was laid out for a state visit at Palazzo Madama.

Napolitano, the first former communist to rise to the Italian presidency and the first person to be elected twice to the mostly ceremonial post, died on Friday at the age of 98.

His coffin was carried by the Corrazzieri. He was followed by his wife Clio and their two sons Giovanni and Giulio.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d’italia party and current Italian Prime Minister, expressed the “deepest condolences” to the family of the former president of her office.

The current President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, recalled the European commitment of the former Strasbourg MEP, who had led “important struggles for social development, peace and progress in Italy and in Europe”.

In a telegram to his widow, Pope Francis, visiting Marseille, paid tribute to a man who devoted his political activity to preserving the “unity and harmony” of his country.

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The chamber is open to the public on Sunday and Monday from 10: 00 to 16: 00 from 11: 00 to 18: 00

Napolitano’s funeral will take place on Tuesday in a non-religious ceremony at Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of Italy’s lower house of Parliament.

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