Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing died at the age of 94 after infecting the coronavirus.
Giscard was hospitalized with breathing problems in September and then hospitalized again in November. According to Reuters, he died at his home after suffering complications related to the virus.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Giscard, saying he “worked all his life to strengthen relations between European nations.”
Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing was the architect of EU integration https://t.co/z4bdRu7BdC pic.twitter.com/VNKewBRdEA
– Reuters (@Reuters) December 2, 2020
Giscard leads France from 1974 to 1981, and thanks to the country’s modernization, it allows divorce and legalizes abortion by mutual agreement, wrote Reuters He was the first president to be elected after Charles de Gaulle’s extended term.
During his presidency, Giscard sought to liberalize France’s social attitude and economy, Reuters notes. He was responsible for large projects such as France’s high-speed TGV train network.
His term ended in the 1970s, when he lost his re-election offer against Francois Mitterrand amid an economic downturn.
Reuters reported that it played a key role in creating the euro’s single currency, helping to create the European Monetary System with then-West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
“Extraordinary political life. She loved talking to him. Full love-hate relationship with our country. Macron is his successor in so many ways. He is a great politician who changed Europe but could not change France, ”wrote Denis MacShane, a former member of the British Parliament.
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies at the age of 94. Extraordinary political life. She loved talking to him. Full love-hate relationship with our country. Macron is his successor in so many ways. A great politician who changed Europe but could not change France @ChassNews @StigAbell @NickFerrariLBC
– Denis MacShane (@DenisMacShane) December 2, 2020