Former French President Jacques Chirac has died

Former French President and Prime Minister, former Paris mayor Jacques Chirac died at 87. Agence France-Presse reported with reference to the message of his family.

Jacques Chirac led France for 12 years – from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he served for 18 years as mayor of Paris and headed the French government under presidents Valery Giscard d’Estaing and François Mitterrand.

Chirac embarked on a political career in the early sixties, took part in the election campaigns of Charles De Gaulle and George Pompidou, under the presidency of the latter became Minister of agriculture, after the death of Pompidou in 1974 became the leader of the Gaullist Union of Democrats in defense of the Republic, and was appointed Prime Minister.

He was dismissed, went into opposition, in 1977 became the first mayor of Paris in 100 years, and again headed the government under President Mitterrand, becoming the first politician in the history of France to head the Cabinet under two different presidents.