26 September 2020
Jacques Chirac, Co-Prince 1995-2007
Issued on: 2020-09-28
Size: 30 x 40.85 mm
Printing: Offset lithography
Face value: €1.16
Print run: 70,000
The 1.16-euro stamp “Jacques CHIRAC”, issued on September 26, was printed in offset sheets of 20. Its circulation is 70,000 copies.
The stamp was designed by Sophie BEAUJARD and laid out by Stephanie GHINÉA, based on a photo by Eric LEFEUVRE.
Jacques Chirac, born on November 29, 1932 in Paris and died on September 26, 2019 in the same city, a senior French civil servant and statesman, was President of the French Republic and Co-Prince of the Principality of Andorra from May 17, 1995 to May 16, 2007. During his visit to Andorra he gave two speeches in Andorra on 16 September 1997, one at the Maison de Vallées addressed to the trustees general, vice-union, councillors and head of the Government, the other People’s Square, to the head of the Government, the general trustee and friends of Andorra, to assure them that he would continue to assume his office in the strictest respect of the Constitutional Charter. There he congratulated the Andorrans and their representatives for bringing this young state into the concert of modern democracies without denying its traditions or values, assured them of his gratitude for their attachment and trust, encouraged them to remain attentive to the rigorous exercise of the rights that the new Constitution made an effort to recognize, and assured them of his conviction that they could establish their international credibility by preserving the principality’s great commercial and banking reputation through rigorous and unassailable practices. By the evocation of Bernard de Ventadour “I have a heart full of joy… ” he expressed his feelings: “The beauty of your valleys, the warmth of your welcome combine to give these moments, for me, a special intensity. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, as I naturally thank all the authorities of the Principality.”