Death of Václav Havel – Letter from Nicolas Sarkozy to Václav Klaus
Dear President Klaus,
I was extremely saddened to learn of the death of former president Václav Havel.
On this day of mourning for the Czech Republic, I extend to you and all Czech people my most sincere condolences, personally and on behalf of the French people.
A man of culture and a highly gifted writer, Václav Havel embodied a tireless commitment to democracy and freedom. His accession to the presidency in the wake of the Velvet Revolution in 1989 was the crowning achievement of a lifelong dedication to fighting totalitarianism and upholding the values which guided what he did: tolerance, promoting human rights and fighting oppression.
With Václav Havel’s death, the Czech Republic loses one of her great patriots, France loses a friend and Europe loses one of its wise men.
This committed European, convinced of our continent’s profound unity and necessary solidarity, will live on in the memory of the French people.