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Former French President Giscard d'Estaing has died - Europe 1 radio

 

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FILE PHOTO: Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris, France, February 11, 2016. Picture taken February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing has died, France's Europe 1 radio reported on Wednesday.

 

Giscard, who was 94 and was France's leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours, in western France.

 

He was known for steering a modernisation of French society during his presidency, including allowing divorce by mutual consent and legalising abortion, and was one of the architects of European integration.

 

(Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Chris Reese and Rosalba O'Brien)

 

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11 hours ago, khunjeff said:

To be honest, I hadn't even realized that he was still alive! But RIP nonetheless.

Same here.

 

Often times, former politicians and others, who realize their time has come to remain silent, are often forgotten due their withdrawal to a quieter existence.

 

Then, there are the loud-mouth, has-been former office holders, tired actors and talking-heads that just won't keep shut. I prefer the former.

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