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Former French President Jacques Chirac Passes Away At 86

File Picture Courtesy : France24

File Picture Courtesy : France24

Former French President Jacques Chirac has died at the age of 86. Chirac was previously the Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

He was most remembered for his defiant stand against the United States-led war in Iraq, and for shortening the presidential term from seven to five years in a referendum in 2000.



In recent years, Chirac had suffered from memory loss and was rarely seen in public. In years since the end of his political career, he was dogged by charges of corruption dating back decades to his time as a mayor of Paris. Chirac remained one of the most popular public figures in France.

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