Jacques Chirac, the former French president has died. He was 86.
He championed the European Union but his later years were dogged by corruption scandals.
“President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law told AFP.
Chirac served two terms as president and twice as PM.
He took France into the single European currency.
French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Chirac as a “great Frenchman”.
The French National Assembly observed a minute’s silence in his memory.