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Chirac, Jacques (1932–)

Born on November 29, 1932, Jacques Chirac's activity in French politics started in 1965 with a local mandate. His first job as assistant minister (secrétaire d'état) came in May 1967, and thereafter, he never stopped holding prominent political mandates or offices. Prime minister from 1974 to 1976, then from 1986 to 1988, he was elected president of the French Republic in 1995 and reelected in 2002. He also held the office of mayor of Paris from 1976 to 1995.

His communication skills are variable. Gifted with a strong direct personal charisma, Jacques Chirac is at the height of his communicating talent when personally canvassing or rallying in small French villages. His popularity among farmers has been particularly constant thanks to his legendary appearances in the ...

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