Jacques René Chirac (29 November 1932 – 26 September 2019) was a French politician who served as President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 1995 to 2007. He was re-elected in 2002. Before that, he was Prime Minister of France twice, and Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.
Chirac in 1997
|President of France|
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
|Preceded by||François Mitterrand|
|Succeeded by||Nicolas Sarkozy|
|Prime Minister of France|
20 March 1986 – 10 May 1988
|Preceded by||Laurent Fabius|
|Succeeded by||Michel Rocard|
27 May 1974 – 26 August 1976
|President||Valéry Giscard d'Estaing|
|Preceded by||Pierre Messmer|
|Succeeded by||Raymond Barre|
|Mayor of Paris|
20 March 1977 – 16 May 1995
|Preceded by||Office recreated|
|Succeeded by||Jean Tiberi|
|President of Rally for the Republic|
5 December 1976 – 4 November 1994
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Alain Juppé|
|Minister of the Interior|
27 February 1974 – 28 May 1974
|Prime Minister||Pierre Messmer|
|Preceded by||Raymond Marcellin|
|Succeeded by||Michel Poniatowski|
|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development|
7 July 1972 – 27 February 1974
|Prime Minister||Pierre Messmer|
|Preceded by||Michel Cointat|
|Succeeded by||Raymond Marcellin|
|Minister for Parliamentary Relations|
7 January 1971 – 5 July 1972
|Prime Minister||Jacques Chaban-Delmas|
|Preceded by||Roger Frey|
|Succeeded by||Robert Boulin|
|President of the Corrèze General Council|
15 March 1970 – 25 March 1979
|Preceded by||Élie Rouby|
|Succeeded by||Georges Debat|
Jacques René Chirac
29 November 1932
Paris, French Third Republic
|Died||26 September 2019 (aged 86)|
|Resting place||Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris|
Bernadette Chodron de Courcel (m. 1956)
|Children||3 (including Claude Chirac and Anh Dao Traxel)|
|Years of service||1954–1957|
On 14 July 2002, during Bastille Day celebrations, a man tried to shoot Chirac. 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. The gunman, Maxime Brunerie, had psychiatric testing.
In 1956, he married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel. They had two daughters: Laurence (1958–2016) and Claude (born 1962). Claude is a public relations assistant and personal adviser. Laurence, who had anorexia nervosa in her youth, did not participate in the political activities of her father.
In 2005, Chirac suffered a stroke. He had been suffering from memory loss and was in ill health. On 10 December 2015, Chirac was hospitalized in Paris for undisclosed reasons, and although his state of health did not "give any cause for concern", he would remain under the intensive care unit.
Chirac died at his home in Paris on 26 September 2019 at the age of 86.
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- Erlanger, Steven (15 December 2011). "Chirac Found Guilty in Political Funding Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
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- "Chirac found guilty on corruption charges". Articles.cnn.com. CNN. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011.
- "The troubled daughter of a French President, hidden away for decades, has died". The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Letter from Paris – John Laurenson on Claude Chirac's crucial but understated electoral role". BBC World Service. BBC News. 21 March 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- Randall, Colin (12 July 2004). "Chirac's wife tells of anorexic daughter's death wish". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
- Hume, Tim (10 December 2015). "Former French President Jacques Chirac Hospitalized". CNN.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
- 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.
- Media related to Jacques Chirac at Wikimedia Commons