Richmond Times-Dispatch

Former French leader Giscard d’Estaing dies


PARIS— Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the president of France from 1974 to 1981 who became a champion of European integratio­n, died on Wednesday. He was 94.

Giscard d’Estaing’s office said he passed away in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher region in central France, after contractin­g COVID-19. Giscard d’Estaing was hospitaliz­ed last month with heart problems, but remained vigorous deep into old age.

Born in Germany in the wake of World War I, Giscard d’Estaing helped liberate Paris from the Nazis in the next world war, and later laid the groundwork for the shared euro currency and helped integrate Britain into what became the EU in the 1970s.

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