Death of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, third president of the Fifth Republic

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing passed away yesterday, Wednesday December 2 at the age of 94. 

Son the Elysée site, the government made a last tribute to the one who was elected President of the French in 1974 and who worked for nearly 65 years at all levels of the nation.

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, nicknamed VGE, was a brilliant student, polytechnician, enarque, born into a former bourgeois family. He interrupted his studies at the age of 18 to take part in the Liberation of Paris, so, arms in hand, he began to serve France.

Described as an "immense servant of the state", he was in turn, inspector of finances, mayor, French and European deputy, minister, regional president, member of the Constitutional Council, academician and President of the Republic.

It's the 19th May 1974 that he came to power at the age of 48. During his mandate, France underwent many reforms including the right to vote at 18, the legalization of abortion with the Veil law, divorce by mutual consent and new rights for people with disabilities. He is also known for his commitment to Europe, and internationally with the creation of the G7. He was beaten by François Mitterand in 1981 at the end of his seven-year term.

The Elysée evokes a man of letters whose guides were Baudelaire and Maupassant, himself author of novels and memoirs, he was elected to the French Academy in 2003.

Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute to the former president during a address live tonight at 20 p.m.


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