Chili – Death of former Chilean President Patricio Aylwin (April 19, 2016)

It was with deep sadness and regret that we learned of the death of former Chilean President Patricio Aylwin on April 19.

France pays tribute to the memory of this eminent transition figure. The first elected head of state after the end of the Pinochet regime, he played an essential role in restoring democracy and strove to rebuild Chile’s national unity, notably by establishing a truth and reconciliation commission that investigated the dictatorship’s crimes.

We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and to the Chilean people.

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