Former French President Giscard d'Estaing dies of COVID-19 complications
Former President of France, Valery Giscard d'Estaing has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19. Giscard was elected as president in 1974 at the age of 48. He became the youngest postwar leader of France, who was known as the young and modern president as he was closer to his countrymen.
He helped modernize French society, legalized abortion, allowed divorce by mutual consent, and lowered the age of voting from 21 to 18.
His foundation said that he passed away in his family home after being admitted to hospital in September and again in mid-November due to respiratory problems.
The foundation stated on Twitter that his funeral would be an intimate family affair.
Lawmakers held a minute's silence in the National Assembly as tributes flowed in. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy said Giscard had "worked his whole life to reinforce relations between European nations."