Giscard D' Estaing


French Politician


Valery Giscard d'Estaing was born on February 2, 1926 in Koblenz French occupied Germany. He fought in the French resistance during World War II. Post-war, he attended the École Nationale d'Administration and in 1956, he became a member of the National Assembly as an Independent Republican.

Giscard was Minister of Finance from 1962 to 1974. After the death of President Pompidou in 1974, Giscard was elected President. In 1981 he lost his bid for re-election to Francois Mitterrand.

He remained active in politics until 2004.