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Jacques Chirac
22nd President of France
In office
17 May 1995 â€“ 16 May 2007
Prime Minister Alain Juppé
Lionel Jospin
Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Dominique de Villepin
Preceded by François Mitterrand
Succeeded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
17 May 1995 â€“ 16 May 2007
Prime Minister Marc Forné Molné
Albert Pintat
Served with Joan Martí Alanis
Preceded by François Mitterrand
Succeeded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister of France
In office
20 March 1986 â€“ 10 May 1988
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Laurent Fabius
Succeeded by Michel Rocard
In office
27 May 1974 â€“ 26 August 1976
President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
Preceded by Pierre Messmer
Succeeded by Raymond Barre
Mayor of Paris
In office
20 March 1977 â€“ 16 May 1995
Preceded by Position re-established
Succeeded by Jean Tiberi
President of Rally for the Republic
In office
5 December 1976 â€“ 4 November 1994
Jérôme Monod
Alain Devaquet
Bernard Pons
Jacques Toubon
Alain Juppé
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Alain Juppé
Minister of the Interior
In office
27 February 1974 â€“ 28 May 1974
President Georges Pompidou
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Preceded by Raymond Marcellin
Succeeded by Michel Poniatowski
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
7 July 1972 â€“ 27 February 1974
President Georges Pompidou
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Preceded by Michel Cointat
Succeeded by Raymond Marcellin
Minister for Parliamentary Relations
In office
7 January 1971 â€“ 5 July 1972
President Georges Pompidou
Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Preceded by Roger Frey
Succeeded by Robert Boulin
President of the Corrèze General Council
In office
15 March 1970 â€“ 25 March 1979
Preceded by Elie Rouby
Succeeded by Georges Debat
Personal details
Born Jacques René Chirac
(1932-11-29) 29 November 1932 (age 84)
Paris, France
Political party Communist Party (Before 1962)
Union for the New Republic (1962–1968)
Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1971)
Rally for the Republic (1971–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–2015)
Republicans (2015–present)
Spouse(s) Bernadette de Courcel (m. 1956)
Children Laurence
Alma mater Sciences Po
École nationale d’administration
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Allegiance  France
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1954-1957

These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.
Jacques Chirac
Romania and Bulgaria were particularly irresponsible. If they wanted to diminish their chances of joining Europe they could not have found a better way.
Jacques Chirac
As soon as one nation claims the right to take preventive action, other countries will naturally do the same. If we go down that road, where are we going?
Jacques Chirac
One month, two months, I am ready to accept any accord on this point that has the approval of the inspectors.
Jacques Chirac
Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
Jacques Chirac
The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.
If we prove capable of showing a pioneering commitment, we shall create a commmunity listened to around the world.
Jacques Chirac
France will insist on the need for updated and responsive institutions.
Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.
Jacques Chirac
National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction.
Jacques Chirac
They missed a great opportunity to shut up.
If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized.
Jacques Chirac
One can go to war alone, but you can't build peace alone.
When you are in the family… you have more rights than when you are asking to join and knocking on the door.
Jacques Chirac