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US News Former French president: Giscard d'Estaing dies

12:10  03 december  2020
12:10  03 december  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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Giscard d ' Estaing died "surrounded by his family" at his estate, according to AFP. He was known for his efforts to modernize French society, including Valéry Giscard d ' Estaing also fought for the unification of Europe. He worked together with former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt for a close

Giscard d ' Estaing ruled France from 1974 to 1981, and had been recently hospitalized due to heart problems. He died at his estate, surrounded by family. Former French President Valery Giscard d ' Estaing died on Wednesday at age 94, due to complications arising from COVID-19.

Former French head of state Valéry Giscard d'Estaing is dead. The central politician, who served in the Elysée Palace from 1974 to 1981, died at the age of 94, as the French news agency AFP later said Reported Wednesday evening, citing the surroundings of the former president.

Der frühere französische Staatspräsident Valery Giscard d'Estaing – hier auf einem Foto aus dem Jahr 2014 – ist tot. © dpa The former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing - here on a photo from 2014 - is dead.

The former President was only released from the hospital in Tours in western France in the middle of the month after a five-day stay. Giscard d'Estaing was a staunch European and spoke out to the French public on EU issues well into old age.

In the 1970s he formed an exemplary Franco-German duo with the then Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (SPD). The tall Frenchman with an aristocratic demeanor outlived his successors François Mitterrand (1916-1996) and Jacques Chirac (1932-2019). At the funeral service for Chirac in September 2019 in Paris, he still took part - walking stooped.

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France’s former president Valéry Giscard d ’ Estaing , who brought about rapid social change and was a leading force in founding the European Union, died Although Giscard d ’ Estaing only served a single term as president from 1974 to 1981, his death marks the end of an era in French politics.

The former French president Valery Giscard d ’ Estaing has died from complications linked to Covid-19, his foundation said on Wednesday. Giscard , who was 94 and served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours with respiratory problems.

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Giscard d'Estaing also had a close personal relationship with Germany. He was born on February 2, 1926 in Koblenz in the then French-occupied Rhineland. After the Second World War he graduated from the French elite university ENA. He then rose to the position of Minister of Economics and Finance. After the death of President Georges Pompidou, he was elected to the highest office of the state at the age of 48.

Giscard implemented social reforms in the Élysée Palace, such as the liberalization of marriage and abortion law. Towards the end of his tenure, however, his popularity suffered - among other things because of the affair surrounding a diamond gift from the Central African dictator Jean-Bédel Bokassa.

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The former French president Valery Giscard d ’ Estaing has died from complications linked to Covid-19, his foundation said on Wednesday. Giscard , who was 94 and served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours with respiratory problems.

Centrist who fought with the Resistance helped to modernise France after the war and was a driving force in European integration.

From 2002 onwards, Giscard led the EU Reform Convention, which presented a draft constitution for the renewal of the European Union. However, when the French and Dutch voted no in referendums in 2005, the project failed spectacularly. After that, the EU Treaty of Lisbon adopted important provisions of the rejected constitution. In 2003 the European politician Giscard d'Estaing received the Charlemagne Prize of the city of Aachen.

Giscard d'Estaing responded to an allegation of sexual harassment against him in June. "It's all grotesque," he told the French radio station RTL. A reporter for the WDR had accused him of having sexually molested her. Ann-Kathrin Stracke told the German Press Agency that he “touched her buttocks several times after an interview I conducted with him in Paris in December 2018”. She confirmed that she had filed a criminal complaint for sexual harassment. The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation. (dpa)

The funeral of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing will take place on Saturday morning at Authon .
In accordance with his wishes, the funeral will obey the strictest family privacy, France Télévisions has learned. Thirty people in total will be able to attend. © Provided by Franceinfo The funeral of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing will take place at 10:30 am, Saturday 5 December, in Authon (Loir-et-Cher).

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