Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing Dies From COVID-19

Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing has died at the age of 94 due to complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 2 in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher area.

Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing has died at the age of 94 due to complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 2 in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher area.

Giscard had been admitted to the hospital several times due to heart problems in recent months and suffered complications from COVID-19.

“His health deteriorated and he died of COVID-19,” the Foundation Valéry Giscard d’Estaing stated in a tweet, adding that Giscard’s funeral will be under “the strictest family privacy” according to his wishes.

Current French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Giscard in a statement, describing him as a “servant of the state, a politician of progress and freedom,” and “a central figure” of French history.

Macron declared Dec. 9 to be a day of national mourning and said that a homage will be organized at the European Parliament in the city of Strasbourg on Feb. 2, Giscard’s birthday.

Giscard, a center-right and pro-Europe politician, liberalized laws on abortion, divorce, and contraception when he served as the French President from 1974 to 1981. He remained active in politics after his presidency, serving in the French parliament then in the European parliament.

In 2004, Giscard ended his political career after losing his seat in the European Union where he presented a European Constitution.

Last May, a German journalist filed a sexual harassment complaint against Giscard, accusing him of inappropriately touching her repeatedly, but he denied the allegations.


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