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Former French President Jacques Chirac dies (family)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Former French President Jacques Chirac died Thursday morning at the age of 86, his brother-in-law Frederic Sala-Barro told AFP.

“President Jacques Chirac died this morning among his family in peace,” said Chirac’s husband, Sala-Barro.

The French National Assembly and the Senate immediately observed a minute of silence.

Chirac took over the presidency of the French Republic in 1995 and 2002 and spent 12 years at the Elysee Palace, making him the longest-serving French president after the war, after his socialist predecessor Francois Mitterrand.

On the international scene, Chirac will be reminded mainly of his opposition to the United States by refusing to go to war in Iraq in 2003.

His presidency was also recognized by recognizing the responsibility of the French state for Nazi crimes and making an appeal in the face of global environmental degradation.

Chirac, a key figure on the French right, was also prime minister twice between 1974-1976 and 1986-88 and mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

Chirac has rarely appeared in public in recent years and has been known to have health problems.

In European positions, the president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “deeply moved” by the news of his death.

“Europe is not only losing a great statesman, but the president is also losing a close friend,” European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said, citing Juncker.

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