One of the biggest names in French politics over the last quarter of a century, Philippe Seguin, has died at the age of 66.
The nation’s political elite is paying tribute to the man who helped Jacques Chirac to the presidency in 1995 before the pair famously fell out.
A former conservative minister, Seguin was the speaker of France’s lower house of parliament in the mid 1990s. He failed to win election to the prestigious post of Mayor of Paris in 2001.
Seguin, the head of France’s Court of Financial Auditors since 2004, died at home in the French capital of a heart attack.