Jacques Chirac

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Jacques Chirac
President of France
In office
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
Prime Minister Alain Juppé
Lionel Jospin
Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Dominique de Villepin
Preceded by François Mitterrand
Succeeded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
Prime Minister Marc Forné Molné
Albert Pintat
Preceded by François Mitterrand
Succeeded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister of France
In office
20 March 1986 – 10 May 1988
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Laurent Fabius
Succeeded by Michel Rocard
In office
27 May 1974 – 26 August 1976
President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Preceded by Pierre Messmer
Succeeded by Raymond Barre
Mayor of Paris
In office
20 March 1977 – 16 May 1995
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jean Tiberi
Minister of the Interior
In office
27 February 1974 – 28 May 1974
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Preceded by Raymond Marcellin
Succeeded by Michel Poniatowski
Minister of Agriculture
In office
7 July 1972 – 27 February 1974
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Preceded by Michel Cointat
Succeeded by Raymond Marcellin
Personal details
Born 29 November 1932 (1932-11-29) (age 81)
Paris, France
Political party Communist Party (before 1962)
Union for the New Republic (1962–1968)
Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1971)
Rally for the Republic (1971–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–present)
Spouse(s) Bernadette de Courcel (1956–present)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Institute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration
Religion Roman Catholic
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Jacques René Chirac (born 29 November 1932) was the President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 1995 until 2007. He was re-elected in 2002. Before that, he was Prime Minister of France twice, and mayor of Paris from 1977 - 1995.

In 1956, he married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel. They had two daughters: Laurence (born 4 March 1958) and Claude (14 January 1962). Claude is a public relations assistant and personal adviser.[1] Laurence, who had anorexia nervosa in her youth, does not participate in the political activities of her father.[2]

Assassination attempt[change | edit source]

On 14 July 2002, during Bastille Day celebrations, a man tried to shoot Chirac. There was a lone gunman with a rifle hidden in a guitar case. The would-be assassin fired a shot toward the presidential motorcade. He was then overpowered by bystanders.[3] The gunman, Maxime Brunerie, had psychiatric testing.

After Presidency[change | edit source]

On 15 December 2011, Chirac was found guilty for corruption.[4] He was allowed to serve his 2 year sentence without prison time.[5]

As a former President, he has a lifetime pension. He is a member for life of France's constitutional council.[6]

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