Important dates in the life of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Jowharlooks at the most important dates in the life of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died on Wednesday, aged 94, of complications related to Covid-19.

February 2, 1926: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was born in Koblenz, Germany.

1944: Enters the École Polytechnique in Paris, graduated in 1951 from the respected École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

1962-1966: Minister of Finance in the successive cabinet of Prime Minister Georges Pompidou (during the presidency of Charles de Gaulle).

1966: Establishes the Fédération Nationale des Républicains Indépendants, which in 1977 becomes the center-right Parti Républicain.

1969-1974: Minister of Finance in the successive governments of Prime Ministers Jacques Chaban-Delmas and Pierre Messmer (during the Pompidou Presidency).

May 19, 1974: Giscard d’Estaing is elected president with 50.8 percent of the vote against 49.2 percent for the socialist François Mitterrand.

1978: The Union pour la démocratie française (UDF), which consists of various democratic and center-right parties, is formed in support of Giscard d’Estaing. He is the group’s leader from 1986 to 1996.

May 10, 1981: Giscard d’Estaing loses the presidential election by 48.2 percent of the vote to Mitterrand’s 51.7 percent.

1989-1993: Serves as Member of the European Parliament.

2001: Giscard d’Estaing is elected by EU leaders to lead the work on an EU constitutional treaty. The draft was rejected in 2005 by French and Dutch voters.

2003: Becomes the first former head of state to be named the elite Académie Française.

2004: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing ends his active political career after losing his seat as a Member of Parliament but joins the French Constitutional Council.

( Jowharwith AFP)