The former French president Jacques Chirac died on September 26th, at the age of 86. Chirac, who was head of state from 1995 to 2007, and who had previously been prime minister of France and mayor of Paris, leaves behind him 40 years of political combat. But his political legacy is a modest one, the leftover of a career built upon the sole ambition of gaining and clinging on to power. That came at the cost of incessant political trench warfare, alliances and counter-alliances, betrayals and scandals, while blithely shifting positions to court popularity. Mediapart charts the key episodes that mark the political life of a man obsessed with power.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hard-line politics have come in for fierce criticism in France, attended the 75th anniversary of an infamous WW2 roundup in Paris for deportation of about 13,000 Jews, after which the two men held talks on the crises in the Middle East.