Agence France-PresseDecember 5, 2013 23:00
All French flags will fly at half-mast in tribute to Nelson Mandela, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday, praising the late anti-apartheid leader as an "extraordinary man".
"All humanity is in mourning," Ayrault told reporters in Beijing, on the second day of a visit to China.
"France joins in this mourning. She stands alongside the South Africans who are crying today for this great man."
Mandela became a symbol for "all of humanity" added Ayrault. "He leaves us a legacy. We are all responsible for it."