Former French President Jacques Chirac Dies at 86

Mr. Chirac Died Peacefully Surrounded by His Family

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Former French president, Jacques Chirac, has died at the age of 86, his family said this morning.

The two-term president took office in 1995 and led until 2007, making him the second-longest post-war president after Francois Mitterrand.

The French National Assembly observed a moment of silence during today’s proceedings in his memory.

French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to pay tribute to his late predecessor in a press statement at 18:00 GMT.

The president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, eulogized the former French leader as a great statesman.

Other world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also paid homage to Mr. Chirac.

The former president also served as the French Prime Minister and the Mayor of Paris.

Mr. Chirac’s health has been deteriorating since he left office and is reported to have suffered a stroke in 2005.