Jacques Chirac

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Jacques Chirac
President of France
In office
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
Prime MinisterAlain Juppé
Lionel Jospin
Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Dominique de Villepin
Preceded byFrançois Mitterrand
Succeeded byNicolas Sarkozy
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
Prime MinisterMarc Forné Molné
Albert Pintat
Preceded byFrançois Mitterrand
Succeeded byNicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister of France
In office
20 March 1986 – 10 May 1988
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Preceded byLaurent Fabius
Succeeded byMichel Rocard
In office
27 May 1974 – 26 August 1976
PresidentValéry Giscard d'Estaing
Preceded byPierre Messmer
Succeeded byRaymond Barre
Mayor of Paris
In office
20 March 1977 – 16 May 1995
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJean Tiberi
Minister of the Interior
In office
27 February 1974 – 28 May 1974
Prime MinisterPierre Messmer
Preceded byRaymond Marcellin
Succeeded byMichel Poniatowski
Minister of Agriculture
In office
7 July 1972 – 27 February 1974
Prime MinisterPierre Messmer
Preceded byMichel Cointat
Succeeded byRaymond Marcellin
Personal details
Born(1932-11-29)29 November 1932
Paris, France
Died26 September 2019(2019-09-26) (aged 86)
Paris, France
Political partyCommunist 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 (2002–2019)
Spouse(s)Bernadette de Courcel (1956–2019)
Children2 daughters
Alma materInstitute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration

Jacques René Chirac (29 November 1932 – 26 September 2019) was a French politician who 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.

Assassination attempt[change | change 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.[1] The gunman, Maxime Brunerie, had psychiatric testing.

After Presidency[change | change source]

On 15 December 2011, Chirac was found guilty for corruption.[2] He was allowed to serve his 2-year sentence without prison time.[3]

As a former President, he has a lifetime pension. He is a member for life of France's constitutional council.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

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.[5] Laurence, who had anorexia nervosa in her youth, does not participate in the political activities of her father.[6]

Health[change | change source]

In 2005, Chirac suffered a stroke. He has been suffering from memory loss and has been in ill health. On 10 December 2015, Chirac was hospitalized in Paris for undisclosed reasons, although his state of health does not "give any cause for concern", he will remain under ICU.[7]

Death[change | change source]

Chirac died at his home in Paris on 26 September 2019 at the age of 86.[8]

Honours[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Chirac escapes lone gunman's bullet, BBC, 15 July 2002
  2. Erlanger, Steven (15 December 2011). "Chirac Found Guilty in Political Funding Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. "Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption", Guardian, 15 December 2011.
  4. "Chirac found guilty on corruption charges", CNN.com, 15 December 2011.
  5. "BBC World Service: "Letter from Paris – John Laurenson on Claude Chirac's crucial but understated electoral role"". BBC News. 21 March 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  6. Colin Randall, "Chirac's wife tells of anorexic daughter's death wish". Daily Telegraph. 12 July 2004
  7. Tim Hume (10 December 2015). "Former French President Jacques Chirac Hospitalized". CNN.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. Clarity, James F.; Tagliabue, John (26 September 2019). "Jacques Chirac, French President Who Championed European Identity, Is Dead at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Jacques Chirac at Wikimedia Commons