|22nd President of France|
From: May 17, 1995 – May 16, 2007
|Party||Union for a Popular Movement|
Jacques Chirac (November 29, 1932 – September 26, 2019) was a former president of France from 1995 to 2007. He served two terms in office, choosing not to seek a third term due to his age, massive unpopularity, and several legislative failures.
Chirac was a lifelong Gaullist whose political instincts probably contributed greatly to his decision not to participate in the Iraq War, though he sent troops to help overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan. He had been quoted as saying that the free market is not the solution to all problems. Chirac signed several pro-abortion bills into law and as a hardline secularist, he rejected Europe's Christian roots.
He opposed the war in Iraq, opposing his veto at the United Nation Security Council. The announcement earned him a hostile campaign, especially in some of the Anglo-Saxon media (The Sun titled "Chirac Is A worm"). Relations with the United States become worse.
In 2011, following the case of alleged fictitious jobs in the city of Paris, the former head of state was sentenced to two years of a suspended sentence.
Chirac died on September 26, 2019.
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