Italy bids farewell to European Parliament President

The band of the Carabinieri Military police were in high uniform as they gave his coffin a military honors.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Draghi, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, and European Council President, Charles Michel were among the European Union's authorities to pay homage to Sassoli, who died in a cancer clinic in north-eastern on Italy on Tuesday aged 65.

During an emotional speech to remember her father's humanity, Sassoli's daughter Livia reminded the people gathered inside the Santa Maria degli Angeli church in Rome how her father wanted a more equitable and fair Europe.

Sassoli spent weeks in hospital after contracting pneumonia last September and had to return to hospital in December after suffering complications related to his immune system.

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