Jacques Chirac

Jacques Chirac's wife hospitalised alongside him in Paris

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Bernadette Chirac, 83, was admitted for fatigue to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital where her former French president husband, also 83, is being treated for pneumonia.

Former French president Jacques Chirac hospitalised

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Chirac, 83, who suffered a minor stroke in 2005, was flown to Paris overnight Saturday from a sojourn in Morocco and admitted to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital to be treated for a lung infection.

The staggering perks paid to France's former presidents and prime ministers

France — Investigation

Mediapart has gained access to a detailed account of the annual payments made to former French presidents and prime ministers in a lifelong system of perks and privileges that beggars belief. With items ranging from newspaper and dry-cleaning costs to the payment of staff, offices and vehicles, the country’s three surviving former heads of state cost the taxpayer a yearly 6.2 million euros. Former prime ministers, meanwhile, receive tens of thousands of euros annually for staff and vehicles, including one who left office 25 years ago. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

Former French President Jacques Chirac hospitalised

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Chirac, 83, who served two terms as French president and who suffered a stroke in 2005, had felt weak for several days, his daughter said.

Ex-French interior minister Charles Pasqua dies aged 88

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The hardline right-winger spent more than half a century at the heart of French politics in a career dogged by funding scandals.

WikiLeaks documents on US snooping on France – what the presidents said

France — Investigation

The leaked transcripts and reports on the phone taps carried out by the National Security Agency on three French presidents concern the current head of state, socialist François Hollande, and his right-wing predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. The documents obtained by WikiLeaks and revealed here by Mediapart reveal the different priorities at the time of the three French heads of state, as well as their different styles. Hollande and his then-prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, were discussing the Greek crisis, Sarkozy hoped to save the world from the financial crisis and Jacques Chirac was handing out detailed orders to his foreign minister. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi from Mediapart and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks report on what the presidents said.

Revealed: how US tapped phones of three French presidents

France — Investigation

The United States has eavesdropped on at least three French presidents and a whole raft of senior officials and politicians in France for at least six years, according to secret documents obtained by WikiLeaks and revealed here by Mediapart. The top secret reports from America's National Security Agency (NSA) show that the phones of presidents François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac were all tapped. But they also show that the espionage carried out on a supposedly key ally of Washington's went even further and deeper, and that senior diplomats, top civil servants and politicians also routinely had their phones tapped. The documents seen by Mediapart reveal proof of the spying on the French state that took place from 2006 to 2012 but there is no reason to suggest that this espionage did not start before 2006 and has not continued since. The revelations are certain to spark a major diplomatic row and highlight once again the uncontrolled and aggressive nature of American spying on friends and foes alike, as first revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Mediapart's Fabrice Arfi and Jérôme Hourdeaux and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks report.

Former PM Alain Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void

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Despite a criminal conviction and failures as a prime minister, polls show Bordeaux mayor is country's most respected politician in office.

French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

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Ministers want numbers of volunteers in system, seen as civilian successor to military service phased out in 1996, to go from 35,000 to 100,000.

French presidents' holiday retreat open to public

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Fort de Bregancon, which is on a tiny island on the Mediterranean coast, has been popular with French leaders since the days of Charles de Gaulle.

Former French president Chirac released from hospital

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The ex-head of state had earlier been admitted to the American Hospital in Paris for what is believed to have been a severe attack of gout.

The smokescreen of French privacy laws

France — Opinion

Tepid French public reaction to political scandals, and also to the romantic affairs of presidents, is often at odds with how the same events would be judged in other developed countries. In parallel to this, France has some of the toughest laws in Europe protecting personal privacy – and which are now cited in legal action taken against the magazine Closer by actress Julie Gayet following its revelations of her secret relationship with President François Hollande. Here, Philippe Riès argues that the privacy laws used by politicians is too often a tool to disguise the institutionalised excesses and corruption of a monarchic elite, served by a largely submissive media and reinforced by a puzzling public indifference that places democracy in danger.

Chirac 'doing well' after kidney surgery

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The 81-year-old former president, head of state from 1995 to 2007, has been in poor health for several years and suffered a stroke in 2005.

Chirac 'will vote for Hollande' says former president's aide

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Former French conservative president Jacques Chirac will reportedly vote for socialist candidate François Hollande in the presidential elections.

A graphic history of French Right propaganda


A remarkable book just published in France traces the history of graphic propaganda used by French parties of the Right, both mainstream and extreme, from 1880 to the current day. Tricolores, by Applied Arts professor Zvonimir Novak, took ten years of research and includes 800 posters, ranging from the crude creations of early reactionary populist and anti-Semitic monarchist movements through to the carefully-crafted images of the modern conservative and Far Right parties. "There is cohesion there, you can actually follow a party with nothing but these documents to go on," explains Novak. In this article by Marine Turchi, he decodes the visual and verbal rhetoric behind 17 telling examples.