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Danielle Mitterrand dies in France aged 87

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Danielle Mitterrand dies in France aged 87

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The widow of former French President François Mitterrand has died in a Paris hospital.

Danielle Mitterrand was admitted to Georges-Pompidou on Friday after becoming ill, but passed away early on Tuesday morning.

Married to the Socialist Party leader, who also led France for 14 years, Danielle Mitterrand was a left-leaning activist in her own right – supporting Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba.

She campaigned for the release of political prisoners and was in charge of France Libertés, a non-profit foundation advocating human rights.

In 1996, she was awarded the North-South Prize for her work on humanitarian causes.