France pays tribute to the memory of Jalal Talabani, the historic leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and President of Iraq from 2006 to 2014, who died on October 3. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, as well as to the Iraqi people.
The death of Jalal Talabani is a loss for all Iraqis, especially the Kurds, for whom he was a leading political and moral figure. After having resisted Saddam Hussein’s regime, he actively participated in the country’s reconstruction by making a significant contribution to drafting the Iraqi constitution in 2005. The objective set by this constitution to achieve an Iraq that is sovereign, pluralist and democratic remains equally relevant today.