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.
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. The gunman, Maxime Brunerie, had psychiatric testing.
As a former President, he has a lifetime pension. He is a member for life of France's constitutional council.
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. Laurence, who had anorexia nervosa in her youth, does not participate in the political activities of her father.
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.
- 60px Grand Master & Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (23x15px France)
- 60px Grand Master & Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (23x15px France)
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