Dec 03, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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A former president of France, who became a champion of European integration during his term in office, has died.

Valery Giscard d’Estaing passed away at his family home in central France last night after contracting COVID-19.

He was actually born in Germany in the wake of World War I, helped liberate Paris from the Nazi’s in World War II and later, as French Finance Minister, laid the groundwork for the Euro currency and helped integrate Britain into what became the E.U. in the 1970s.

Valery Giscard d’Estaing served as French President from 1974 to 1981.

He was 94.

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