World mourns passing of Nelson Mandela
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Tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela have poured in from across the world after his death was announced on Thursday. A state funeral will be held on December 15. Look back over FRANCE 24’s live blog.
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- Tributes to Nelson Mandela have continued to pour in from world leaders, while flags have flown at half mast at government buildings around the globe.
- Hundreds of people gathered outside Mandela’s home in Johannesburg to lay flowers and pay their respects to the late anti-apartheid hero.
- South African President Jacob Zuma announced that a state funeral for Mandela will take place in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province on December 15, with a day of mourning to be held on December 8.
- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will travel to South Africa next week to take part in the memorial events, the White House has said.
- In Paris, French President François Hollande paid tribute to Mandela at the opening of a Franco-African security summit, describing the former South African leader as a man who “managed to win every battle he led and joined”.