Jacques Chirac

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Jacques Chirac

French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007add

Category: Politics

Born in 1932.

Countries: France (66%), (8%), United States (3%)

Main connections: Nicolas Sarkozy, Dominique de Villepin, Union for a Popular Movement

Linked to: Minister of the Interior, Rally for the Republic, French Communist Party, Constitutional Council of France

 

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Jacques Chirac was born at the Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire clinic in Paris in 1932. He is the son of Abel François Chirac, a successful executive for an aircraft company, and Marie-Louise Valette, a housewife. add something


1935

Reacting to criticism, Chirac said, "You only have to look back at 1935. add something


1940

Although Chirac was well-situated in de Gaulle's entourage, being related by marriage to the general's sole companion at the time of the Appeal of 18 June 1940, he was more of a "Pompidolian" than a "Gaullist". add something


1950

In 1950, he signed the Soviet-inspired Stockholm Appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons – which led him to be questioned when he applied for his first visa to the United States. add something


1953

In 1953, after graduating from "Sciences Po" (more formally known as the Paris Institute of Political Studies), he attended Harvard University's summer school, before entering the ENA, the Grande ecole National School of Administration, which trains France's top civil servants, in 1957. add something


1956

In 1956, he married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel, with whom he had two daughters: Laurence and Claude. add something


1959

After leaving the ENA in 1959, he became a civil servant in the Court of Auditors. add something


1962

In April 1962, Chirac was appointed head of the personal staff of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou. add something


1967

At Pompidou's suggestion, Chirac ran as a Gaullist for a seat in the National Assembly in 1967. add something

 

Member of the National Assembly of France for Corrèze: March–April 1967 Reelected in 1968, 1973, but he stays minister / 1976–1986 / 1988–1995. add something


1968

When student and worker unrest rocked France in May 1968, Chirac played a central role in negotiating a truce. add something


1970

Alain Juppe - As a senior civil servant, he met Jacques Chirac at the end of the 1970s and became his adviser in the city council of Paris


1972

After some months in the ministry of relations with Parliament, Chirac's first high-level post came in 1972 when he became Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development under Pompidou, who had been elected president in 1969, after de Gaulle retired. add something


1973

At the age of 41, Chirac stood out as the very model of the jeunes loups ("young wolves") of French politics, but he was faced with the hostility of the "Barons of Gaullism" who considered him a traitor for his role during the previous presidential campaign. add something

 

Jean-Francois Deniau - In 1973, he entered the government of Pierre Messmer as Secretary of State for Coopération, and was named Secretary of State to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the government formed by Jacques Chirac after the election of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing to the presidency of the French Republic in 1974


1974

Minister of Interior: March–May 1974. add something

 

These two organised the campaign against Chaban-Delmas in 1974. add something

 

On 27 February 1974, after the resignation of Raymond Marcellin, Chirac was appointed Minister of the Interior. add something

 

From March 1974, he was entrusted by President Pompidou with preparations for the presidential election scheduled for 1976. add something

 

On 21 March 1974, he cancelled the SAFARI project due to privacy concerns after its existence was revealed by Le Monde. add something

 

These elections were moved forward because of Pompidou's sudden death on 2 April 1974. add something

 

When Giscard became president, he nominated Chirac as prime minister on 27 May 1974, in order to reconcile the "Giscardian" and "non-Giscardian" factions of the parliamentary majority. add something

 

In December 1974, he took the lead of the Union of Democrats for the Republic against the will of its more senior personalities. add something

 

CMA CGM - Compagnie Générale Maritime , operated as such from 1974 to 1996 when it was privatized by the French State under President Jacques Chirac and prime Minister Alain Juppé

 

Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber - He served several terms or partial terms in the French National Assembly, and was Minister for Reform in 1974 but, being opposed to nuclear tests, he was prompted to resign after three weeks by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac

 

CMA CGM - The French government, under president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, progressively merged the two companies between 1974 and 1977 to form Compagnie Générale Maritime , still owned by the French State and still run as a competitive business, although sometimes subject to political pressure, for instance on the selection of shipyards to build new ships

 

Michel Poniatowski - Poniatowski succeeded Jacques Chirac on 24 May 1974, and served the post until 1977


1975

At the invitation of Saddam_Hussein, Chirac made an official visit to Baghdad in 1975. add something


1976

Because of Jacques Chirac's long career in visible government positions, he has often been parodied or caricatured: Young Jacques Chirac is the basis of a young, dashing bureaucrat character in the 1976 Asterix comic strip album Obelix and Co., proposing methods to quell Gallic unrest to elderly, old-style Roman politicians. add something

 

Citing Giscard's unwillingness to give him authority, Chirac resigned as Prime Minister in 1976. add something

 

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - A rivalry appeared with his prime minister Jacques Chirac, who resigned in 1976

 

Christiane Scrivener - She was Secretary of State of Trade for Consumers' protection between 1976 and 1978, first in Jacques Chirac's and in Raymond Barre's cabinet


1977

In 1977, Chirac stood as a candidate against Michel d'Ornano, a close friend of the president, and he won. add something

 

Georges Sarre - He was the Socialist top candidate in the 1977 Paris municipal election but lost the election by a handful of votes to Jacques Chirac


1978

In 1978, he attacked the pro-European policy of Valery Giscard d'Estaing, and made a nationalist turn with the December 1978 Call of Cochin, initiated by his counsellors Marie-France Garaud and Pierre Juillet, which had first been called by Pompidou. add something

 

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - In 1978, he was for this reason the obvious target of Jacques Chirac's Call of Cochin, denouncing the "party of the foreigners"

 

Michel Poniatowski - Poniatowski was a founding member, in 1978, of the Union for a French Democracy , the liberal and Christian-Democrat party which backed Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and tried to rivalize with Jacques Chirac's neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic


1980

Dominique de Villepin - Villepin was introduced to Jacques Chirac in the early 1980s and became one of his advisers on foreign policy


1981

After 1981, the relationship between the two men became tense, with Giscard, even though he was in the same government coalition as Chirac, criticising Chirac's actions openly. add something

 

Chirac made his first run for president against Giscard d'Estaing in the 1981 election, thus splitting the centre-right vote. add something

 

The Israeli Air Force alleged that the reactor's imminent commissioning was a threat to its security, and pre-emptively bombed the Osirak reactor on 7 June 1981, provoking considerable anger from French officials and the United Nations Security Council. add something


1982

Jacques Foccart, who had co-founded the Gaullist Service d'Action Civique along with Charles Pasqua, and who was a key component of the "Françafrique" system, was again called to the Elysee Palace when Chirac won the 1995 presidential election. add something


1983

Josselin de Rohan - Close to Jacques Chirac, he was elected to the Senate in 1983, and subsequently reelected in 1992 and 2001


1984

Chirac's cabinet sold many public companies, renewing with the liberalisation initiated under Laurent Fabius's Socialist government (1984–86 – in particular with Fabius' privatisation of the audiovisual sector, leading to the creation of Canal ), and abolished the solidarity tax on wealth, a symbolic tax on very high resources championed by Mitterrand's government. add something


1986

When the RPR/UDF right-wing coalition won a slight majority in the National Assembly in the 1986 election, Mitterrand appointed Chirac prime minister (though many in Mitterrand's inner circle lobbied him to choose Jacques Chaban-Delmas instead). add something

 

Edouard Balladur - A member of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic party, he was the theoretician behind the "cohabitation government" from 1986 to 1988, explaining that if the right won the legislative election, it could govern with Chirac as Prime Minister without Socialist Party President Fran

 

Jean-Marie Le Pen - A total of 34 FN deputies entered the Assembly after the 1986 elections , which were won by the right wing, bringing Jacques Chirac to Matignon in the first cohabitation government

 

Solidarity tax on wealth - First named IGF , it was abolished in 1986 by Jacques Chirac's right-wing government, but re-established in 1988 as ISF in slightly different terms after François Mitterrand's re-election

 

Jacques Foccart - Foccart was rehabilitated in 1986 by new Premier Chirac as an adviser on African affairs for the two years of the "cohabitation"

 

Alain Juppe - He was minister of budget and spokesperson of Jacques Chirac's government from 1986 to 1988

 

Jacques Foccart - He was rehabilitated in 1986 by the new Prime minister Jacques Chirac as an adviser on African affairs for the two years of "cohabitation" with socialist president François Mitterrand

 

Socialist Party (France) - The PS lost its majority in the French National Assembly in 1986, forcing Mitterrand to "cohabit" with the conservative government of Jacques Chirac


1987

France 24 - In 1987, French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac expressed his desire for an international television news channel in French and had requested a report into the activities of current international broadcasts from France and noted the collective offering was "fragmented, disorganised and ineffective


1988

Chirac ran against Mitterrand for a second time in the 1988 election. add something

 

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - During the 1988 presidential campaign, he refused to choose publicly between the two right-wing candidates, his two former Prime Ministers Jacques Chirac and Raymond Barre


1990

Paul Belien - Beliën stated that he saw in Verhofstadt a transformation from adoring the economic liberalism of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and the laureling of Ludwig Erhard of Verhofstadt in Belien's magazine "Nucleus" in 1990, to a Third Way position taken by Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, with Verhofstadt ultimately taking an "Old Europe" stance with Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder in 2003


1992

In 1992, convinced a man could not become President whilst advocating anti-European policies, he called for a "yes" vote in the referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, against the opinion of Pasqua, Seguin and a majority of the RPR voters, who chose to vote "no". add something


1993

Alain Marleix - During the 1993 presidential election, he supported Edouard Balladur against Jacques Chirac

 

Dominique de Villepin - In 1993 he became chief of staff of Alain Juppé, the Foreign Minister in Édouard Balladur's cabinet, who was Chirac's political heir apparent


1995

At the year's end Chirac faced major workers' strikes which turned itself, in November–December 1995, into a general strike, one of the largest since May 1968. add something

 

Chirac announced that he did not want to come back as prime minister, suggesting the appointment of Edouard Balladur, who had promised that he would not run for the presidency against Chirac in 1995. add something

 

During the 1995 presidential campaign, Chirac criticised the "sole thought" of neoliberalism represented by his challenger on the right and promised to reduce the "social fracture", placing himself more to the center and thus forcing Balladur to radicalise himself. add something

 

He held this post until 1995. add something

 

In 1995 an anonymous British diplomat said Chirac "cuts through the crap and comes straight to the point. add something

 

Shortly after taking office, Chirac – undaunted by international protests by environmental groups – insisted upon the resumption of nuclear tests at Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia in 1995, a few months before signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. add something

 

Francois Bayrou - Despite supporting Édouard Balladur's candidacy in the 1995 presidential election, Bayrou remained Education Minister following Jacques Chirac's election and the creation of a new government headed by Alain Juppé

 

Alain Duhamel - During the French presidential election of 1995, Duhamel, along with fellow journalist Guillaume Durand, hosted the television debate between Jacques Chirac and Lionel Jospin

 

Jean-Pierre Raffarin - During the 1995 presidential campaign, while most UDF politicians supported Édouard Balladur, he chose the winning candidacy of Jacques Chirac

 

Lionel Jospin - He was narrowly defeated in the final runoff election by Jacques Chirac in 1995

 

Jacques Foccart - In 1995, Jacques Foccart was part of president Jacques Chirac's visit to Morocco, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon, all countries led by friends of the "Françafrique"

 

Nicolas Sarkozy - In 1995, he spurned Chirac and backed Édouard Balladur for President of France.

 

Emmanuel Todd - In 1995, he wrote a memo for the Fondation Saint-Simon, which became famous the media thereafter attributed to him the paternity of the expression "" , used by Jacques Chirac during the 1995 electoral campaign in order to distinguish himself from his rival Édouard Balladur

 

Democratic Convention (France) - Indeed, during the 1995 presidential campaign, the most part of the UDF politicians supported the Neo-Gaullist Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, against the instruction of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the founder and president of the UDF, who called to vote for the other Rally for the Republic candidate Jacques Chirac

 

Herve de Charette - Like him, and contrary to the most part of the UDF politicians, he supported the winning candidacy of Jacques Chirac in the 1995 presidential election and not that of Prime Minister Edouard Balladur

 

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - Most of the UDF politicians supported the candidacy of the RPR Prime minister Édouard Balladur at the 1995 presidential election, but Giscard supported his old rival Jacques Chirac, who won the election

 

Socialist Party (France) - PS leader Lionel Jospin lost his bid to succeed Mitterrand as president in the 1995 presidential election against Rally for the Republic leader Jacques Chirac, but became prime minister in a cohabitation government after the 1997 parliamentary elections, a position Jospin held until 2002, when he was again defeated in the presidential election

 

Jacques Foccart - When Chirac finally gained the presidency in 1995, the 81-year-old Foccart was brought back to the &Elysée_palace (Élysée_Palace) as an advisor

 

Jacques Foccart - When Chirac finally made it to the presidency in 1995, Foccart was brought back to the Elysée at the age of eighty-one, in the main because he still had remarkable contacts with African leaders such as President Omar Bongo of Gabon

 

Nicole Ameline - En May 1995 with the victory of Jacques Chirac, she left her post in order to enter the Government of Alain Juppé

 

Francois Mitterrand - His second and last term ended after the 1995 presidential election in May 1995 with the election of Jacques Chirac

 

Philippe Douste-Blazy - In May 1995, after the election of Jacques Chirac as President of France, a candidacy he was backing, he was nominated Minister of Culture

 

Jean-Claude Gaudin - On 7 November 1995, on a proposal from Alain Juppé, the President of the Republic Jacques Chirac named Jean-Claude Gaudin Minister for Integration and City and Regional Planning


1996

Angelo Buccarello - In December 1996, Fr. Angelo received the prize for Human Rights from the French President, Jacques Chirac


1997

In 1997, Chirac dissolved parliament for early legislative elections in a gamble designed to bolster support for his conservative economic program. add something

 

Patrick Bloche - He has been a member of parliament for the Socialist Party since 1997, the year of the dissolution of the National Assembly by Jacques Chirac, in the 7th district of Paris

 

Lionel Jospin - Jospin served as Prime Minister during France's third "cohabitation" government under President Jacques Chirac from 1997 to 2002

 

Anne Fulda - She wrote a book about Jacques Chirac in 1997

 

National Assembly (France) - The last dissolution was by Jacques Chirac in 1997, following from the lack of popularity of prime minister Alain Juppé; however, the plan backfired, and the newly elected majority was opposed to Chirac


1998

In 1998 the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau was decommissioned after 37 years of service, and another aircraft carrier was decommissioned two years later after 37 years of service, leaving the French Navy with no aircraft carrier until 2001, when Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was commissioned. add something


1999

However, a controversial judicial decision in 1999 granted Chirac immunity while he was president of France. add something

 

Jean Tiberi, Chirac's successor at the Paris townhall, was forced to resign after having been put under investigations in June 1999 on charges of trafic d'influences in the HLMs of Paris affairs. add something

 

Tereza Kesovija - Jacques Chirac honored Tereza in 1999 with Knighthood of High Decoration of Arts and Culture


2000

Tiberi was finally expelled from the RPR, Chirac's party, on 12 October 2000, declaring to the Figaro magazine on 18 November 2000: "Jacques Chirac is not my friend anymore". add something

 

Plantu - In September 2000 a controversy arose involving the distribution of a Plantu drawing showing Jacques Chirac copulating with a sleeping Marianne


2001

In 2001, the left, represented by Bertrand Delanoe, won over the majority in the town council of the capital. add something

 

Philippe Douste-Blazy - Elected Mayor of Toulouse in 2001, he supported Jacques Chirac in the two rounds of the 2002 presidential election, in spite of the candidacy of François Bayrou

 

Dominique Baudis - In 2001, Jacques Chirac appointed him President of the "Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel" , a post which he held until 2007, when Chirac appointed him President of the Arab World Institute

 

Yves Saint Laurent (designer) - In 2001, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the Légion d'Honneur by French president Jacques Chirac


2002

At the age of 69, Chirac faced his fourth presidential campaign in 2002. add something

 

Chirac wrote he considered firing Sarkozy before, and conceded responsibility in allowing Jean Marie Le Pen to advance in 2002. add something

 

The Osirak deal became a controversy again in 2002–2003, when an international military coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq and forcibly removed Hussein's government from power. add something

 

On 14 July 2002, during Bastille Day celebrations, Chirac survived an assassination attempt by a lone gunman with a rifle hidden in a guitar case. add something

 

Union for a Popular Movement - Before the 2002 presidential campaign, the supporters of President Jacques Chirac, divided in three centre-right parliamentary parties, founded an association named "'Union on the Move"'

 

Leon Bertrand - He joined the UMP in 2002, and, as a known confidant of President Jacques Chirac, he was named Secretary of State for Tourism in 2002 and later Delegate Minister for Tourism in 2004

 

Antoine Rufenacht - He led the presidential campaign of Jacques Chirac en 2002

 

Abdelaziz Bouteflika - He secured a friendship treaty with neighbouring Spain in 2002, and welcomed president Chirac of France on a state visit to Algiers in 2003

 

Dominique de Villepin - He was appointed Foreign Minister by Chirac in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin at the beginning of Chirac's second term in 2002

 

Nicolas Sarkozy - In 2002, however, after his re-election as President of the French Republic, Chirac appointed Sarkozy as French Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, despite Sarkozy's support of Edouard Balladur for French President in 1995.

 

Jacques Derrida - In the 2002 French presidential election he refused to vote in the run-off between far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jacques Chirac, citing a lack of acceptable choices.

 

Directorate-General for External Security - Instead of informing the president's staff with reports directly concerning Chirac, Cousseran informed only Socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin just as he was making it clear that he would run against Chirac in the 2002 presidential election

 

Union for a Popular Movement - The UMP was formed in 2002 as a merger of several centre-right parties under President Jacques Chirac

 

Radical Party (France) - Those members created the Liberal Democratic Party, while the Radical Party remained a member of the UDF. During the 2002 presidential election, François Bayrou presented himself as a candidate for the UDF, while the Radical Party supported his rival, Jacques Chirac

 

France 24 - In 2002, President Jacques Chirac relaunched the project to create a French international news channel; after a speech given at a reception in honour of the High Council of the Francophonie at the 'Élysée on 12 February 2002, he stated:

 

Directorate-General for External Security - Pochon learned of the maneuvers only in March 2002 and informed president Chirac's circle of the episode

 

Hubert Vedrine - After the reelection of Jacques Chirac in May 2002, Védrine was replaced by Dominique de Villepin

 

Dominique Strauss-Kahn - After Jacques Chirac's success in the 2002 presidential election and the following Union for a Popular Movement 's majority in Parliament, Strauss-Kahn was reelected Member of Parliament on 16 June 2002, in the 8th circonscription of the Val-d'Oise


2003

Raymond Poulidor - In 2003 the President, Jacques Chirac increased the award

 

STMicroelectronics - The 12 inch fab was inaugurated by French president Jacques Chirac, on 27 February 2003


2004

De Panama à l'Affaire Elf, Robert Laffon, 2004), "La derive des affaires" in L'Histoire n° 313, October 2006, pp. add something

 

France's current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alain Juppe, was sentenced to a 14-month suspended prison sentence for the same case in 2004. add something

 

In October 2004, Chirac signed a trade agreement with PRC President Hu Jintao where Alstom was given one billion euro in contracts and promises of future investment in China. add something

 

Steven Spielberg - In 2004 he was admitted as knight of the Legion d'honneur by president Jacques Chirac.

 

Euzhan Palcy - In 2004, she was the recipient of the famous French Legion of Honor French by President Jacques Chirac

 

Euzhan Palcy - In 2004, she was the recipient of the famous French Medal of Honor from French President Jacques Chirac

 

Edmund Stoiber - In February 2004 Edmund Stoiber became a candidate of Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder for the presidency of the European Commission but he decided not to run for this office

 

Jean-Pierre Raffarin - On 30 March 2004 Jean-Pierre Raffarin tendered the resignation of his government to president Jacques Chirac, who immediately re-appointed him prime minister, with the delegation to form a new government

 

Thierry Lamouche - Thierry Lamouche became suddenly famous in July 2004 when his stamp design for a new Marianne series is chosen by the public and President Jacques Chirac

 

Nicolas Sarkozy - Since November 2004, Sarkozy has been president of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, France's major right-wing political party, and he was Minister of the Interior in the government of Dominique de Villepin, with the honorific title of Minister of State, making him effectively the number three official in the French State after President Jacques Chirac and the prime minister.

 

Maurice Floquet - On 25 December 2004 , Maurice was promoted by president Jacques Chirac to the rank of officer in the Légion d'honneur


2005

After &Togo's leader Gnassingbe Eyadema's death on 5 February 2005, Chirac gave him tribute and supported his son, Faure Gnassingbe, who has since succeeded to his father. add something

 

On 29 May 2005, a referendum was held in France to decide whether the country should ratify the proposed treaty for a Constitution of the European Union. add something

 

During an official visit to Madagascar on 21 July 2005, Chirac described the repression of the 1947 Malagasy uprising, which left between 80,000 and 90,000 dead, as "unacceptable". add something

 

In early September 2005, he suffered an event that his doctors described as a 'vascular incident'. add something

 

Nicolas Sarkozy - Sarkozy was made Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by President Chirac in February 2005.

 

Pierre Vidal-Naquet - He was opposed to the 23 February 2005 French law on colonialism passed by the conservative Union for a Popular Movement , but which was finally repealed by president Jacques Chirac in the beginning of 2006

 

Philippe Douste-Blazy - Then, after the rejection of the European constitution in 29 May 2005's referendum, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he held until the departure of Jacques Chirac form the Presidency in May 2007


2006

In 2006, The Economist wrote that Chirac "is the most unpopular occupant of the Elysee Palace in the fifth republic's history. add something

 

Jacques Chirac threatened to launch nuclear attack on Iran, Der Spiegel, 19 January 2006. add something

 

On 19 January 2006, Chirac said that France was prepared to launch a nuclear strike against any country that sponsors a terrorist attack against French interests. add something

 

During April and May 2006, Chirac's administration was beset by a crisis as his chosen Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, was accused of asking Philippe Rondot, a top level French spy, for a secret investigation into Villepin's chief political rival, Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2004. add something

 

On 10 May 2006, following a Cabinet meeting, Chirac made a rare television appearance to try to protect Villepin from the scandal and to debunk allegations that Chirac himself had set up a Japanese bank account containing 300 million francs in 1992 as Mayor of Paris. add something

 

In July 2006, the G8 met to discuss international energy concerns. add something

 

Karl Lehmann - Cardinal Lehmann was appointed a Commander of the Légion d'honneur by Jacques Chirac in 2006

 

Matti Vanhanen - During the ASEM 2006 meeting in Helsinki , French president Jacques Chirac described Vanhanen, perhaps jokingly, as "the sexiest man in Finland

 

Mireille Darc - In 2006, Jacques Chirac *awarded Darc the Légion d'honneur

 

Vladimir Putin - In September 2006, France's president Jacques Chirac awarded Vladimir Putin the Grand-Croix of the Legion d'honneur, the highest French decoration, to celebrate his contribution to the friendship between the two countries.

 

France 24 - It started broadcasting on 6 December 2006 under the presidency of Jacques Chirac and prime ministerial term of Dominique de Villepin


2007

Member of the Constitutional Council of France: Since 2007. add something

 

When Nicolas Sarkozy became President in 2007, Juppe was one of the few "chiraquiens" to serve in François Fillon's government. add something

 

In a pre-recorded television broadcast aired on 11 March 2007, Jacques Chirac announced, in a widely predicted move, that he would not choose to seek a third term as France's President. add something

 

Chirac's immunity from prosecution ended in May 2007, when he left office as president. add something

 

He sat for the first time in the Council on 15 November 2007, six months after leaving the French Presidency. add something

 

Dominique de Villepin - President Chirac was at one point thought to have turned his eye on Villepin as a possible successor, assuming that he himself would not enter the 2007 presidential contest

 

Union for a Popular Movement - While former President Jacques Chirac, the right's strongman in normally left-wing Corrèze had always done very well in Corrèze and the surrounding departments, Sarkozy did very poorly and actually lost the department in the 2007 runoff

 

Amelie Mauresmo - On 16 March 2007, Mauresmo received the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur from President Jacques Chirac

 

Michelle Yeoh - On 23 April 2007, the French President Jacques Chirac *awarded her Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur

 

Pierre Herme - He was awarded "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" by Jacques Chirac on May 3, 2007, just before Nicolas Sarkozy's election

 

Francois Bachy - He was awarded the Ordre National du Mérite on 3 May 2007 by Jacques Chirac

 

May Chidiac - On 3 May 2007, the former French president, Jacques Chirac awarded May Chidiac the "Legion of Honour" at the &Elysée_Palace (Élysée_Palace) in Paris

 

Dominique de Villepin - On 15 May 2007, the last full day of President Jacques Chirac's term, Villepin tendered his resignation from the office of Prime Minister and it was accepted by the President

 

Valery Giscard d'Estaing - He was the only surviving ex-president since he left office until the end of Jacques Chirac's term on 16 May 2007, with the exception of a brief period between François Mitterrand's retirement in 1995 and death in early 1996


2008

On 11 April 2008, Chirac's office announced that he had undergone successful surgery to fit a pacemaker. add something

 

Shortly after leaving office, he launched the Fondation Chirac in June 2008. add something

 

Andrea Riccardi - Andrea Riccardi is a member of the Fondation Chirac's honour committee, ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace

 

Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital - Former president Jacques Chirac had a pacemaker fitted at the Salpêtrière in 2008

 

Muhammad Yunus - He has been a member of Fondation Chirac's honour committee, ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace

 

Jean Chretien - He is a member of the Fondation Chirac's honour committee, ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace

 

Yann Arthus-Bertrand - Since 2008, he has participated in the Board of Directors of the Fondation Chirac, a foundation launched in 2008 by former French President Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace through five advocacy programmes, two of which deal with environmental issues such as access to fresh water, desertification and deforestation


2009

In January 2009, it was reported that Chirac had been hospitalised after being attacked by his pet Maltese poodle. add something

 

On 30 October 2009, a judge ordered Chirac to stand trial on embezzlement charges, dating back to his time as mayor of Paris. add something


2010

Lakhdar Brahimi - In 2010, Lakhdar Brahimi was Laureate of the Special Jury Prize for Conflict Prevention *awarded by the Fondation Chirac, a foundation which was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace


2011

On 7 March 2011, he went on trial for charges of corruption involving the misuse of public money during his time as mayor of Paris (1977–1995). add something

 

On 15 December 2011, Chirac was found guilty in two related cases, involving 19 totally or partially fake jobs paid by the city of Paris, which he led as Paris mayor from 1977 to 1995 but created for the benefit of the RPR Party add something

 

On 15 December 2011, the Paris court declared him guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence, and gave Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence add something

 

Nicolas Sarkozy - The biopic La Conquête is a 2011 film that dramatizes Sarkozy's rise to power, with candid portrayals of Sarkozy himself, Chirac and Villepin, and that was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.


2014

In February 2014 he was admitted to hospital because of pains related to gout add something


2015

On 10 December 2015, Chirac was hospitalized in Paris for undisclosed reasons, although his state of health does not "give any cause for concern", he will remain under ICU add something


2016

According to his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux, Chirac was again hospitalized in Paris with a lung infection on 18 September 2016 add something