Former French President Jacques Chirac Dies at 86

Former French President Jacques Chirac, whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has passed away at the age of 86.

The death was confirmed by the former president’s son-in-law, Reuters reports.

He was in office between 1995 and 2007, having earlier served as Prime Minister for two spells, and Mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995.

Chirac took his country into the single European currency. One of his major political reforms was to cut the presidential term of office from seven to five years.

In December 2011, he was given a two year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public confidence.

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