IN PICTURES: Nelson Mandela and the French connection

The announcement that South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero and first black president Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, aged 95, after undergoing intense medical treatment for a lung infection has prompted tributes from across the globe. In this gallery of iconic images The Local takes a look back at Madiba’s long connection with France and how he touched the lives of the French people. From anti-apartheid activists demanding his release from prison, to adoring crowds gathering to greet him in Paris, and meetings with presidents and sporting heroes, here are some images to commemorate the impact Mandela had in France and among French people.

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