Jacques Chirac

Jacques Chirac
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Personal details
Born (1932-11-29) 29 November 1932 (age 87)
Paris, France
Political partyCommunist Party (before 1962)
Union for the New Republic (1962–1968)
Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1971)
Rally for the Republic (1971–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–present)
Spouse(s)Bernadette de Courcel (1956–present)
Children2 daughters
Alma materInstitute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration
SignatureJacques Chirac's signature

Jacques René Chirac (born 29 November 1932) is a French politician who was the President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 1995 until 2007. He was re-elected in 2002. Before that, he was Prime Minister of France twice, and mayor of Paris from 1977 - 1995.

Assassination attempt

On 14 July 2002, during Bastille Day celebrations, a man tried to shoot Chirac. There was a lone gunman with a rifle hidden in a guitar case. The would-be assassin fired a shot toward the presidential motorcade. He was then overpowered by bystanders.[1] The gunman, Maxime Brunerie, had psychiatric testing.

After Presidency

On 15 December 2011, Chirac was found guilty for corruption.[2] He was allowed to serve his 2-year sentence without prison time.[3]

As a former President, he has a lifetime pension. He is a member for life of France's constitutional council.[4]

Personal life

In 1956, he married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel. They had two daughters: Laurence (born 4 March 1958) and Claude (14 January 1962). Claude is a public relations assistant and personal adviser.[5] Laurence, who had anorexia nervosa in her youth, does not participate in the political activities of her father.[6]

Health

In 2005, Chirac suffered a stroke. He has been suffering from memory loss and has been in ill health. On 10 December 2015, Chirac was hospitalized in Paris for undisclosed reasons, although his state of health does not "give any cause for concern", he will remain under ICU.[7]

Honours

References

  1. Chirac escapes lone gunman's bullet, BBC, 15 July 2002
  2. Erlanger, Steven (15 December 2011). "Chirac Found Guilty in Political Funding Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. "Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption", Guardian, 15 December 2011.
  4. "Chirac found guilty on corruption charges", CNN.com, 15 December 2011.
  5. "BBC World Service: "Letter from Paris – John Laurenson on Claude Chirac's crucial but understated electoral role"". BBC News. 21 March 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  6. Colin Randall, "Chirac's wife tells of anorexic daughter's death wish". Daily Telegraph. 12 July 2004
  7. Tim Hume (10 December 2015). "Former French President Jacques Chirac Hospitalized". CNN.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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