Pierre Salinger, former press secretary to US presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, has died of a heart attack at the age of 79. Salinger, who was born in San Francisco from a French-born mother, had moved to the south of France four years ago in protest at the election of George W Bush as president.
Before the age of 40, he had risen from a local newspaper reporter to a top position in the White House, where he worked as press secretary from 1961 to 1964. He was also chief foreign correspondent for ABC News and became the channel’s Paris bureau chief. His family announced he would be buried in the United States.