Past and present world leaders have bid farewell to Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor who helped unite Europe.Mr Kohl, who died aged 87 on 16 June, was remembered as both a German and European patriot, who deserved "a place of honour in the European pantheon".
The former chancellor becomes the first person to be honoured with an official memorial event by the European Union in the French city of Strasbourg.
Among the many dignitaries present at the memorial was former US president Bill Clinton, who thanked Kohl for giving "us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves".
"Bigger than our terms of office, bigger than our fleeting careers," he said.
"Because all of us, sooner or later, will be in a coffin like that," he added.
"And the only gift we can leave behind, is a better future for our children, and the freedom to do their own choices. Including their own mistakes."
The 70-year-old politician said his wife, Hillary Clinton, said he loved Mr Kohl "because he was the only person with a bigger appetite for food than I have".
"The 20th century in Europe really began on his watch," Mr Clinton added.
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Bill Clinton Attends the Memorial for Helmut Kohl in Strasbourg
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