Napolitano, funeral tomorrow: Macron and Steinmeier will also be there

Today second day of the funeral chamber: Massimo D’alema and Giuseppe Tornatore among the first to pay homage to the former President of the Republic

Giorgio Napolitano’s funeral chamber in the Senate was reopened today at 10am and closed at 4pm. Among the first to pay homage to the former President of the Republic, who died on Friday 22 September at the age of 98, were Massimo D’Alema, the director Giuseppe Tornatore and Fabrizio Barca. But there are many political and other protagonists who have come to pay their respects today too.

Tomorrow the state funeral will also be attended by French President Macron and German President Steinmer

The state funeral of Giorgio Napolitano will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 26 September, at 11.30 in the Chamber of Deputies at Palazzo Montecitorio. They will be broadcast live on Rai 1 and on large screens specially set up in Parliament Square. According to what we learn, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also be there.

In the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the presidents of the two branches of Parliament, Ignazio La Russa and Lorenzo Fontana, as well as Anna Finocchiaro, Gianni Letta, Giuliano Amato, Paolo Gentiloni and the cardinal and biblical scholar, Gianfranco Ravasi, will speak.

Not only politics, but also the world of institutions and culture at the funeral home

Massimo D’Alema was among the first to arrive, this morning at 10am, at the reopening of Giorgio Napolitano’s chapel of rest in the Senate. Many political protagonists who also came today to pay homage to the former President of the Republic. From Minister Antonio Tajani who recalled the years together in Europe: “A great common respect albeit on different political fronts but there was sharing of the pro-European choice”, said the head of the Farnesina.

And then D’Alema: “A great personality, sometimes a severe teacher and sometimes a man of affectionate impulses. He represented in the highest form the sense of the State and the love for democracy in our country which was a trait and a characteristic of Italian communism”. Among the many personalities who took turns this morning was Sergio Cofferati, former leader of the CGIL, accompanied by Achille Passoni and a visibly moved Valeria Fedeli. “He has done extraordinary things for Italy and for Europe. He has always defended his ideas without ever making them become an obstacle even for the solution of complex problems. We have always confronted each other with the utmost loyalty”, the memory by Cofferati.

Many PD parliamentarians from Walter Verini to Peppe Provenzano, Anna Rossomando, Paola De Micheli. And then Fabrizio Barca and Livia Turco co-signatory with Napolitano of the immigration law: “he wrote a very beautiful page in the history of the institutions. A servant of the Republic, a great master”.

Luigi Di Maio and Carlo Calenda with an Action delegation paid homage to Napolitano without making any statements. “With Matteo Richetti, Maria Stella Gelmini and Alessio D’Amato we paid homage to President Napolitano at the funeral home. A great European, who had a characteristic that this country does not particularly like: the ability to make difficult decisions clearly, without rhetoric. May he rest in peace. We owe him more than we are willing to acknowledge,” Calenda later wrote on Twitter.

While the president of the Lazio Region, Francesco Rocca, underlined how the former head of state had “made a difference in the institutions. A great pro-European, even in the most difficult moments, he reminded everyone of the importance of the European institutions”.

But not just politics. This morning at the funeral home also several personalities from the world of culture such as Massimo Teodori and from the institutions with the former president of the Constitutional Court and minister of Justice, Marta Cartabia, Giovanni Maria Flick, president emeritus of the Consulta, and Franco Gallo also president emeritus, as well to the constitutional judge, Filippo Patroni Griffi. And also names from the world of entertainment such as the director Giuseppe Tornatore and the actors Giulio Scarpati and Giovanni Ralli.