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Jacques Chirac has died: for his dog, he had broken a rule at the Elysée

Jacques Chirac
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Animal-lover through and through, former French president Jacques Chirac sadly passed away earlier today, at the age of 86.

By Justine Seraphin, 26 Sep 2019

It is a well-known fact, in France, that Jacques Chirac was a huge lover of animals. In fact, he owned several throughout his lifetime. The most famous of his pets include Sumo, and his Labrador Maskou.

 

Sumo, le bichon maltais de Jacques Chirac

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For the love of pets

He loved his dogs so much that he truly considered them members of his family. In fact, for Maskou, he even broke an Elysée rule.

When Maskou died, Jacques Chirac should’ve had him buried in the public dog cemetery of Asnières, as custom demands. However, this was too cold a goodbye for Chirac. He decided instead to hold a private burial in the Elysée gardens for his beloved pet, an act which is, of course, strictly forbidden.

A well-kept secret

This secret was kept for many years, and very few are the people who know the exact location of Maskou’s burial site today.

What an amazing show of love from a very honourable dog-lover.

 

Jacques Chirac et son chien Maskou . 💕

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