Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing dies at 94

In 1974, at the age of 48, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing became the youngest President of the French Republic, after surprisingly winning the presidential elections against Jacques Chaban-Delmas and François Mitterrand, who succeeded him in the Elysee palace. He suffered from heart failure and died tonight at home with his family.

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Valery Giscard d'Estaing died this Wednesday at the age of 94, in his property located in Authon, located in Loir-et-Cher, in the Loire region, in France, surrounded by his family.

The third French President of the Fifth Republic, after de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou, Giscard d'Estaing had suffered from heart problems for some time, having been hospitalized several times.

According to a family statement released by Agence France-Presse, quoted by “Le Monde"," The state of health had deteriorated and died due to complications related to Covid-19 ". "According to your wishes, funerals will be held in family intimacy", continues the note.

Giscard d'Estaing was born in 1926, in Germany, in Coblence, where his father, Edmond Giscard, was director of finance for the French High Commissioner in Rhineland, which at the time was occupied by the French army.

In 1974, after the death of the then French President, Georges Pompidou, two years from serving his term, Giscard d'Estaing surprisingly won the presidential elections, defeating the 'Gaulist' Jacques Chaban-Delmas and the also future President, François Mitterand, who succeeded him in 1981.

During the campaign, Giscard d'Estaing obtained the support of important personalities of French society such as Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon or Charles Aznavour.

On May 27, 1974, at the age of 48, Giscard d'Estaing became the youngest French President in history - a 'title' he lost to the current President, Emmanuel Macron. He served a term, until May 21, 1981, with Jacques Chirac as prime minister, and was succeeded by François Mitterrand.

 

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