Former French president Chirac dies at 86

France's former President Jacques Chirac sits at a table outside the famous Le Senequier cafe in the French Riviera searesort of Saint-Tropez on August 14, 2011. PHOTO | SEBASTIEN NOGIER | AFP

What you need to know:

  • First elected head of state in 1995 and then re-elected in 2002, Chirac's 12 years in the Elysee Palace made him France's second longest-serving post-war president after his Socialist predecessor Francois Mitterrand.



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