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Jacques Chirac

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Chirac, Jacques (1932– ), French political leader, president of the republic since 1995. A Gaullist, he was in the cabinets of 4 premiers before serving as premier (1974–76). He resigned over differences with President Giscard d'Estaing, formed his own party, was elected mayor of Paris (1977–86). Premier from 1986–88 under president Mitterand. In 1995 he succeeded Mitterand as president.

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