Giscard had been hospitalized since mid-November, the former head of state in France from 1974 to 1981, he died of Covid-19, he was 94 years old. On September 14, « VGE » had already been hospitalized on September 14 at the Georges Pompidou hospital, in Paris, for « a slight infection in the lungs ».
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died this Wednesday evening at the age of 94 , his entourage announced. He passed away « surrounded by his family » on his property in Authon in Loir-et-Cher. He died « as a result of the Covid » then said his family.
The former head of state was admitted to » the cardiology department » of the Tours hospital on November 17 for « heart failure » , said his entourage. In September, the former head of state had already been hospitalized at the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris for « a slight infection in the lungs » . He had already been hospitalized several times at the Georges Pompidou hospital a few years ago, in cardiology for the placement of stents.
The youngest president of the Fifth Republic when he was elected in 1974, he had made one of his last public appearances on September 30, 2019 during the funeral in Paris of another President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac , who was his prime minister from 1974 to 1976.
Valéry Giscard was only 48 years old when he acceded to the Élysée in 1974, beating François Mitterrand on the wire, and thus became, in a France which buried the Thirty-Glorious Years and digested May-68, the first non-Gaullist to seize the Élysée. He wanted to be the incarnation of a triumphant modernity, resulting from the liberal center-right and Christian Democrat which built post-war Europe.
Polytechnician and Enarque, from a large bourgeois family, VGE had entered the government since 1959, multiplying the ministerial posts in the Economy and Finance in the 1960s and 1970s. However, on May 10, 1981, he lost the elections facing François Mitterrand. A convinced European, in 2001 he took the helm of the Convention for Europe, responsible for drafting a European constitution, which would be rejected by referendum. A brilliant economist, author of several books, he was elected in 2003 to the French Academy.