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Former French President Chirac has died, confirms son-in-law

Former French President Chirac has died, confirms son-in-law
FILE PHOTO: Former French President Jacques Chirac arrives to attend the award ceremony for the Prix de la Fondation Chirac at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Patrick Kovarik/Pool/File Photo -
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PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Jacques Chirac has died at the age of 86, Chirac’s son-in-law told Reuters on Thursday.

Chirac was president of France from 1995-2007. Under his presidency, France entered into the single European currency and abolished compulsory military service. Chirac also cut the presidential term of office from seven to five years.

Chirac also opposed the 2003 U.S-led invasion of Iraq.

(Reporting by Sophie Louet, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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