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Jacques Chirac

Jacques Chirac is a lifelong French politician and one of the most charismatic figures of twentieth century politics. He was president of France from 1995 to 2007. He also served as prime minister of France twice in the 1970s and 1980s, and as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. He is best known for being one of the most prominent international opponents of the Bush administration's intention to go to war in Iraq. He also worked to abate nuclear armament, banning the further continuation of nuclear tests in France.

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My Life in Politics

Jacques Chirac, translated by Catherine Spencer

"Jacques Chirac started his career in 1950 on the streets of Paris, handing out copies of the communist daily and ended it in 2007 as president of the French Republic. True to his reputation, he comes across as likable, unpretentious, and intelligent." —Foreign Affairs

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