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French president's widow Danielle Mitterrand dies

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French president's widow Danielle Mitterrand dies


Tributes are being paid to human rights activist Danielle Mitterrand, the widow of France’s late president Francois Mitterrand, who has died aged 87.

From the wartime Resistance to campaigning for groups like the Kurds and Tibetans, she supported humanitarian causes all her life. The left-leaning First Lady’s outspoken actions occasionally embarrassed her Socialist husband.

Danielle Mitterrand travelled the world and faced dangers defending her ideals. In 1992, visiting Iraqi Kurdistan, she escaped a car bomb assassination attempt.

She was admitted to hospital in Paris on Friday with breathing problems, a month after her social justice foundation France Libertés marked its 25th birthday.

Danielle Mitterrand will also be remembered for appearing alongside her husband’s mistress and illegitimate daughter at his funeral in 1996.

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