French Republican guards carry the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

PARIS (AP) — France bid a final adieu to Jacques Chirac on Monday as the former French president received military honors on a national day of mourning that culminated with a memorial service attended by dozens of past and current world leaders.

Cutting a solemn figure, French President Emmanuel Macron presided over the military ceremony on a mild, sunny morning near the site of Napoleon's tomb in the courtyard of Les Invalides. A military band played the national anthem, "La Marseillaise," before Macron inspected the troops. Chirac's casket, covered with a Tricolor flag, was then carried to the center of the cobbled courtyard.

Macron, who did not speak, later attended the final service at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in downtown Paris alongside family members, French politicians and foreign officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Jordan's King Abdallah II. Queen Elizabeth II, 93, did not travel to the French capital but sent her condolences to Chirac's family and "the people of France."

Chirac's coffin was driven to Saint-Sulpice, where pianist Daniel Barenboim played a Schubert impromptu, as mourners lined the procession route to his funeral service. When the hearse carrying Chirac drove by, the crowd broke into applause.

Standing outside of the Invalides, Nathalie Kabongo, whose husband worked on Chirac's 1995 and 2002 campaigns, said Chirac reminded her of "a politics closer to the people."

"Apart from being president, he was a man ... a warm man, a man close to people, smiling and with a heart," she said. "We need that sometimes."

Those assembled took pictures, shed tears and held signs reading "Thank you for saying no to the war in Iraq" as they watched the flag-draped coffin onscreen.

Max Mignard, who came to pay his respects, described Chirac as the "kindest man in politics."

A private family church service for Chirac was celebrated prior to the military tribute and a private burial took place later at the Montparnasse cemetery. A minute of silence was held in schools and public buildings across the country on France's national day of mourning for its former leader.

Thousands of miles away from Paris, the French rugby players contesting the rugby World Cup in Japan joined the commemoration with a moment of silence before their training session.

A mainstay of French politics over four decades, Chirac served as Paris mayor, a lawmaker, prime minister and France's president from 1995 to 2007. The last French head of state to complete two terms in office, Chirac died last week at 86.

Known for championing the nation's sense of its own grandeur and opposing the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Chirac is being remembered fondly despite political failures and a 2011 corruption conviction from actions during his nearly two decades as mayor of Paris. As president from 1995-2007, he was a consummate global diplomat but failed to reform the French economy or defuse tensions between police and minority youths, which exploded into riots across France in 2005.

Once nicknamed "Super Liar," Chirac saw his popularity soar after he left office. Thousands of mourners paid him tribute Sunday at Les Invalides, where his body lay in state on the eve of the memorial service.

"He was a great man who had an absolute fantastic class in all circumstances," said Nadine Prevost, who was among the Saint-Sulpice mourners. "He knew how to speak to everyone with a simplicity and a grandeur. And that's what made for the richness of his contact."

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who enjoyed a close working relationship with Chirac, was on the guests' list released by the Elysee palace but did not attend the service at Saint-Sulpice, according to a reporter inside the church. Macron's press office did not give any reason for his absence.

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Petrequin reported from Brussels.

The coffin of former French President Jacques Chirac leaves Invalides monument in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French president Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
People watch the service on TV screens outside Saint Sulpice Church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, where past and current heads of states gathered to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
A woman pays her respect as she touches a portrait of late French President Jacques Chirac, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, displayed at the Invalides monument in Paris. Jacques Chirac will lie in state Sunday during a public ceremony at the Invalides monument, where France honors its heroes. A memorial service and private funeral are planned for Monday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a service for late French President Jacques Chirac, at the Saint Sulpice church, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
Guests attend late French President Jacques Chirac's final service Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at th Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors on Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
The coffin of former French President Jacques Chirac is seen in the court yard of the Invalides monument in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A nun on a bicycle is asked to stop as the funeral cortege for former French President Jacques Chirac as bout to pass in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French president Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Members of the public queue as night falls at the Invalides monument to pay their respects to late French President Jacques Chirac, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Paris. Jacques Chirac will lie in state Sunday during a public ceremony at the Invalides monument, where France honors its heroes. A memorial service and private funeral are planned for Monday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
People queue at the Invalides monument to pay their respects to late French President Jacques Chirac, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Paris. Jacques Chirac will lie in state Sunday during a public ceremony at the Invalides monument, where France honors its heroes. A memorial service and private funeral are planned for Monday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a military ceremony for late French President Jacques Chirac at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
A military official salutes as French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
The coffin of former French President Jacques Chirac leaves Invalides monument in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French president Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
A Republican guard salutes as French President Emmanuel Macron follows the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron follows the flag-draped coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac during a military funeral honors ceremony at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French president Jacques Chirac. A private family church service for Chirac, who died last week at the age of 86, is taking place Monday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, and former U.S President Bill Clinton, center, arrive at the Saint Sulpice church for former French President Jacques Chirac's final service, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
Two men salute the coffin of former French President Jacques Chirac as it is brought out into the court yard of the Invalides monument in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, arrives to attend the final service for late French President Jacques Chirac, at the Saint Sulpice church, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
The coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac is carried out of Saint Sulpice church after his final service Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors on Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives at Saint Sulpice Church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, where past and current heads of states gathered to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
People watch the service on TV screens outside Saint Sulpice Church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, where past and current heads of states gathered to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
The body of former French president Jacques Chirac is carried to the Saint Sulpice church, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Past and current heads of states are gathering in Paris to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Former Iranian Empress Farah Diba arrives at Saint Sulpice Church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, where past and current heads of states gathered to pay tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A crowd waits outside Saint Sulpice church during late French President Jacques Chirac's final service Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Paris. Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors on Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
Republican Guard carry the coffin of late French President Jacques Chirac at the Invalides monument during a national day of mourning in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.( Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit, center, stand by late French President Jacques Chirac's coffin during his final service Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors on Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
A mourner with a portrait of deceased former President Jacques Chirac watches the service on TV screens outside Saint Sulpice Church in Paris, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, where past and current heads of states gathered to pay tribute to Chirac who died last week at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)