President Macron among dignitaries in Chad for Idriss Deby's funeral
 The state funeral of Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Déby is being held in the capital N’Djamena.
French President Emmanuel Macron is also in Chad attending the state funeral of late President Idriss Deby, who was killed on the frontline this week. Macron is seen here flanked by Deby’s son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby, who has been installed as interim leader by the military
Among those attending are heads of state from France, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria.
Friday’s ceremony includes a military march-past and a speech by his son and the army’s named successor Gen Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno.
President Macron among dignitaries in Chad for Idriss Deby's funeral
After the ceremony in N’Djamena, Déby will be buried in his native region.
During Deby’s rule, France established its regional military base in Chad to combat extremist violence in Africa. Deby also contributed invaluable troops to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in northern Mali that has sought to stabilize the country after France’s 2013 military intervention to dislodge Islamic extremists from power in the north.