French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to Chad’s late President Idris Déby, calling him a “brave friend” and “a great soldier”, news agency Reuters reports quoting the president’s office.
Mr Macron also said Chad needs stability and peaceful transition, news agency AFP reports.
Though some say it’s unusual for a president to have been on the battlefield in the first place, the BBC’s Beverly Ochieng points out that President Idriss Déby was a field marshal and had often been at the frontline with his men.
About a year ago, Déby led an operation where 1,000 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed.
He began his career in the military and trained as a pilot in France.
Déby was promoted to army chief-of-staff under President Hissène Habré, who he toppled in a 1990 coup becoming president himself.