aléry Giscard d’Estaing, the president of France from 1974 to 1981, has died at the age of 94.
Mr Giscard d’Estaing had recently been taken to hospital in Tours, in central France.
his office and the French presidency announced his death but provided no further details.
Born in 1926, Mr Giscard d’Estaing served in the Free French army that helped liberate France during the Second World War.
Charles de Gaulle named him finance minister at age 36.
As president, he helped forge a single Europe with his close friend, German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
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