Former French president Jacques Chirac dies at the age of 86
- Jacques Chirac died this morning & # 39; surrounded by his family & # 39 ;, said his son-in-law
- His death was also announced this morning at the National Assembly in Paris
- He served as the head of state of France from 1995 to 2007 and was French Prime Minister twice
The former French president Jacques Chirac died at the age of 86.
Chirac died this morning & # 39; surrounded by his family & # 39 ;, his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux said today.
His death was also announced at the National Assembly in Paris, where a minute of silence was held.
In a long career, Chirac was twice Prime Minister of France before serving as Head of State from 1995 to 2007.
During his tenure, his opposition to the war in Iraq put him at odds with George W. Bush and Tony Blair.
After leaving office, he was found guilty of corruption dating back to his time as mayor of Paris and was sentenced to two years in prison.
The former French president Jacques Chirac (pictured in 2007, the year he left office) died at the age of 86
Former French leader Jacques Chirac and then British Prime Minister Tony Blair were depicted in Paris in 2006. They clashed with the war in Iraq
Chirac & # 39; s career in national politics began in the 1960s when he worked under president and former resistance hero Charles de Gaulle.
In 1974 he became prime minister – a subordinate position in France – under President Valery Giscard d & # 39; Estaing.
After leaving that post, he became mayor of Paris in 1977, a post he held for 18 years.
He returned as a prime minister in 1986 in an uncomfortable arrangement with president Francois Mitterrand of the opposition party until 1988.
After unsuccessful runs for the presidency in 1981 and 1988, he was eventually elected head of state in 1995.
In 2002, he was elected for a second term, defeating extreme right-wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen who had unexpectedly reached the final round.
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