SANTIAGO – The president of France visited the tomb of former Chilean President Salvador Allende in Santiago’s General Cemetery on Sunday.
François Hollande was accompanied on his visit by the late president’s daughter, Sen. Isabel Allende.
The French leader was moved when he placed a wreath at the Allende Bussi family’s mausoleum.
Following the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that toppled him, Allende was buried in an unmarked grave in the Santa Ines cemetery in Viña del Mar, a city located 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago.
Allende, who died in the coup, was reinterred in Santiago’s General Cemetery on Sept. 4, 1990, on the orders of former President Patricio Aylwin.
The Fundacion Salvador Allende (FSA), created in 1990 by the late president’s widow, Hortensia Bussi, maintains both the mausoleum and a monument honoring him in the Plaza Constitucion, located across from the La Moneda presidential palace.
The FSA also manages the Salvador Allende Memorial in Santiago, a historic site that holds some of his personal belongings.