Jacques Chirac: an obsession with power


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It was a life spent entirely in a ferocious battle for power, and which ended up achieving very little with that power. Former president Jacques Chirac, who died aged 86 on Thursday, 12 years after quitting the Élysée, leaves behind him 40 years of public life, and a very modest political legacy. Unless it can be considered worthwhile to pass on a certain style of conducting politics which he represented throughout those years, which ended with two presidential terms, between 1995 and 2007.