Having led his country into a new modern era and onto a firmly pro-European path, former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing breathed his last on December 2. His family confirmed the news, adding that he died of COVID-19.
“His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” the family stated in a statement.
The entourage said that Giscard, in the last months, had been in hospital several times for heart problems. He died at his family home in the Loire region, “surrounded by his family”.
Beating his Socialist rival Francois Mitterrand, Giscard became the youngest ever President at 48 in 1974 who then lost to Mitterrand after his seven-year term in 1981 in a failed re-election bid.