Global leaders have been paying tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, following his death on December 5.
Speaking at a France-Africa summit in Paris, French President François Hollande described the scale of Mandela’s achievements and legacy:
“He had already entered into history during his life, and, in death, he takes his place in the universal consciousness. Nelson Mandela not only changed South Africa – he also sped up the pace of change in the world,” Hollande said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Mandela’s iconic status during a news conference in Berlin: