Obituary

Jacques Chirac: French leader stained by corruption

29 September 2019 - 00:00 By AFP

Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday at the age of 86, was a charismatic giant of French postwar politics whose popular touch gave him enduring appeal to voters, even after a conviction for corruption.

Twice elected head of state, in 1995 and 2002, his 12 years in the Élysée Palace made him France’s second-longest serving president after his predecessor, François Mitterrand...

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