Former French president, Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94 after catching coronavirus

Mr Giscard d’Estaing helped create a unified Europe and paved the way for the euro with his close friend, the German chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

On the domestic front, he legalised abortion and divorce by mutual consent and launched the country’s high-speed TGV train network.

Born in 1926, he served in the Free French army that helped liberate the country during the Second World War and Charles de Gaulle later made him finance minister at 36.

His years in power ended when he was defeated by socialist Francois Mitterrand in 1981.

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