The former French president from 1974 to 1981, Giscard d’Estaing died this Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in his family home in Loir-et-Cher as a result of the Covid-19. The entire French political class paid tribute to the youngest President of the Republic upon his election in 1974.
Presented as a modest head of state and close to his population, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is the incarnation of law and the faller of Gaullism. He only served one seven-year term as head of France, later defeated by socialist François Mitterrand in 1981.
In recent days, his state of health had deteriorated. He was admitted to the radiology department of the Tours hospital from November 15 to 20, 2020 for heart failure. During the month of September, he was admitted to the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris for a lung infection.
His last public appearance was on September 30, 2019 during the funeral of the other French president Jacques Chirac, who was his prime minister from 1974 to 1976.
Before his death, he expressed in writing to his family his desire to have a sober funeral, in the greatest family privacy. The National Assembly and the Senate, which were sitting at the time of the announcement of the death, paid tribute to him by observing a minute of silence.