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Jacques Chirac

Jacques René Chirac is a French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. He previously served as Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988 (making him the only person to hold the position of Prime Minister twice under the Fifth Republic), and as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.
After completing his studies of the DEA's degree at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and the École nationale d'administration (ENA), Chirac began his career as a high-level civil servant, and soon entered politics. He subsequently occupied various senior positions, including Minister of Agriculture, Minister of the Interior, Prime Minister, Mayor of Paris, and finally President of the French Republic.
In the 1970s he advocated a French welfare model, in the 1980s he was briefly supportive of liberal economics, and in the 1990s and 2000s he embraced a soft-left, statist, instinctively anti-capitalist politics. In foreign policy, he was known for anti-Americanism and allying with leaders such as Vladimir Putin. He was elected in 1995 after campaigning on a platform of healing the "social rift" (fracture sociale). After less statist policy when he was Prime minister (1986–1988), he changed his method. Then, his economic policies, based on ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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2014-03-27
Ten years ago: French President Jacques Chirac's (zhahk shih-RAHKS') government suffered stinging defeats in regional elections seen as a vote of censure against painful economic reforms. Actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov died in Genolier, Switzerland ...
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    Of Moyes, Hollande and Najib – Tay Tian Yan
    2014-01-20
    4. Weak personal charisma: Despite being a team manager, Moyes still lives very much under the shadow of his predecessor Ferguson. As for Hollande, his personal charms are but a fraction of Jacques Chirac's or Nicolas Sarkozy's. So many years into his ...
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      Hollande 'Affair' Story Pulled From Website
      2014-01-10
      Jacques Chirac, president from 1995 to 2007, is said to have had many affairs, while predecessor Francois Mitterrand had a daughter born to a mistress. :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel ...
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      1. French president having affair with actress, magazine alleges

      2013
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      Bono Awarded France's Highest Cultural Honor
      2013-07-17
      The U2 frontman has been widely recognized for his work in both music and charity, and was previously made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France by former president Jacques Chirac in 2003. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary Knight ...
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        IMF chief Christine Lagarde made 'assisted witness' in fraud case
        2013-05-24
        Jacques Chirac, another former President, was also originally made an assisted witness in a fraud inquiry before being convicted in a criminal court. But now it is Ms Lagarde, a lawyer and retired synchronised swimming star, who is facing a long court ...
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          France's power games in Africa
          2013-01-20
          Despite how it was vilified in the US a decade ago for Jacques Chirac's opposition to the Iraq war, France rivals Britain for the title of Western Europe's most trigger-happy nation. Two years ago, it was the first to attack Libya. Now it has bombed ...
          (New Europe)

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            Turkey (3)
            2012-01-31
            French parliamentarians appeal genocide denial bill, Turkey applauds move (Today's Zaman)
            France Shouldn’t Allow Turkey To Meddle in its Domestic Affairs (Asbarez News)
            Turkey recalls ambassador to France (YAHOO!)
            Excerpt: Two former presidents of France, Valerie Giscard d’Estaing and Jacques Chirac are currently members of the council, headed by Jean-Louis Debre. If the bill goes into effect, those who deny that the killings of Armenians during World War I in... (Read article)

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            French President (7)
            2012-01-09
            French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s S&P downgrade counter-offensive (GlobalPost)
            The Next French President Won't Be Who You Think (Huffington Post)
            Soccer Legend Eric Cantona’s New Goal? The French Presidency (Time)
            Excerpt: Read more: Sarkozy does damage control after S&P downgrade. Many say Sarkozy, much like his predecessor President Jacques Chirac, neglected France’s manufacturing sector, letting the competitiveness of businesses slide. Sarkozy now wants to reduce... (Read article)

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            Nicolas Sarkozy (4)
            2012-01-09
            President Nicolas Sarkozy Spends £10,000 A Day On Food And Keeps 121 Cars (Worldnews.com)
            Why an Armenian Couple Is Naming Their Baby After Nicolas Sarkozy (Atlantic Online)
            French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s S&P downgrade counter-offensive (GlobalPost)
            Excerpt: Jacques René Chirac (; born 29 November 1932) is a French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. He previously served as Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988 (making him the only person to hold the... (Read article)

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            Drops Probe (7)
            2011-11-16
            France Drops Probe Into Alleged 'Dirty Cash Handouts' From Africa (RTT News, RTT News)
            Paris prosecutor drops probe into cash from Africa (AP - msnbc.com, AP - msnbc.com, MySanAntonio)
            Paris prosecutor drops probe into claim that Chirac received millions in cash from Africa (Sun Sentinel)
            Excerpt: (RTTNews) - Paris prosecutor's office has dropped its investigation into claims that former French President Jacques Chirac and former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin had received illegal cash hand-outs of about $20 million from West African leaders... (Read article)

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            Conquest (9)
            2011-11-09
            The Conquest: Man on a Mission (Zimbio)
            Nicholas Sarkozy’s Shocking ‘Conquest’ (MSN TV)
            The Conquest (NPR News, Slant Magazine)
            Excerpt: a sure stepping stone to the presidency. This oversight, by then President Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq) ignites a spark in Sarkozy that proves a thorn in Chirac’s side with Sarkozy warning ‘I’ll be a headline minister... No holds... (Read article)

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            Quiet Anniversary for Prime Minister's Questions (5)
            2011-10-26
            A quiet anniversary for Prime Minister's Questions (Arizona Daily Star, Contra Costa Times)
            A quiet anniversary for Prime Minister’s Questions (Jefferson City News Tribune Online)
            House of Commons quietly marks 50th anniversary of often-rowdy Prime Minister's Questions (Sun Sentinel, Chicago Tribune)
            Excerpt: Hague once skewered a rambling statement by a government minister by saying, "There was so little English in that, President Chirac (former French President Jacques Chirac) would have been happy with it." It's easy to get your own side to "ho ho ho" for... (Read article)

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            Sarkozy succeeds Chirac as president of France
            2007-05-16
            Today, the official ceremony ushering in Nicolas Sarkozy as the new president of France took place at Élysée Palace. A 21-gun salute marked the moment he assumed power from his predecessor, Jacques Chirac.
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            Jacques Chirac announces he will not pursue a third Presidential mandate
            2007-03-11
            "I will not seek your votes for a new mandate." With these words, the President of France, Jacques Chirac (74) announced during a radio and television broadcast at 20:00 UTC that it's time for him to serve his country in a different way.
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            French parliamentarian questions Jacques Chirac's Elysée budget
            2005-10-06
            A member of the French National Assembly, René Dosière, denounces the "opacity" in the budget of the Élysée Palace, the office of the President of the French Republic.
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            French President Chirac remains hospitalized
            2005-09-06
            French President Jacques Chirac continued his hospital stay Tuesday in what a government spokesperson describes as favorable conditions. Chirac was admitted on Friday to a military hospital in central Paris, where doctors called his condition a "small vascular incident" that hindered his vision.
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            French President Jacques Chirac hospitalized
            2005-09-03
            Jacques Chirac, President of France, entered the military hospital of the Val de Grâce in central Paris yesterday evening. According to the communiqué of the hospital, he suffers from some troubles of vision following from a vascular accident and these problems should be over in a few days. Hospitalization should last one week, and meetings are being rescheduled accordingly.
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