adidas samba shoes Jacques Chirac Fast Facts
Marriage: Bernadette Chodron de Courcel (March 16, 1956 present)
Children: Claude, Laurence and Anh DaoReligion: Roman Catholic1962 Joins the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
1967 1968 Secretary of State of Employment.
1968 1971 Economy and Finance Minister.
1972 1974 Agriculture Minister.
1974 1976 Premier/Prime Minister of France.
1976 Is elected president of L’Union de D mocrates pour la R publique or (RPR). Changes the party’s name to Rassemblement pour la R publique.
1977 1995 Mayor of Paris.
1979 1980 Member of the European Parliament.
1979 Meets newly arrived Vietnamese refugee Anh Dao Traxel at Charles de Gaulle airport and takes her home to become a member of his family.
May 7, 1995 Is elected president of France.
1986 1988 Premier/Prime Minister of France.
May 5, 2002 Is re elected as president.
July 14, 2002 Survives an assassination attempt during a Bastille Day parade when a neo nazi gunman fires a rifle at his open top car.
September 2, 2005 Is taken to Val de Grace Hospital for a “vascular incident” which impaired vision in one of his eyes. He is discharged September 9th.
February 8, 2006 Condemns the decision of several French newspapers to reprint certain controversial cartoons about Muslims that were originally printed in Danish newspapers.
May 16, 2007 Leaves office.
November 21, 2007 Is placed under formal investigation by a judge for possible misuse of public funds while mayor of Paris. He is the first former French president since World War II to be investigated for corruption.
April 12, 2008 Is released from a hospital, after a two day stay where he has a pace maker installed.
June 10, 2008 Announces the creation of a nonprofit organization, the Chirac Foundation, to promote sustainable development and dialogue among cultures.
October 30, 2009 A French judge indicts Chirac on charges of embezzlement while he was mayor of Paris and orders the former president to stand trial.
November 5, 2009 The first volume of Chirac’s memoirs, “Memoires: Chaque Pas Doit Etre un But” (Each Step Should be a Goal), is published.
September 21, 2010 It is announced that Chirac will stand trial for embezzlement in March 2011. The trial relates to allegations of embezzlement between 1992 and 1995 during his tenure as mayor of Paris.
November 8, 2010 It is announced that Chirac will stand trial for a second corruption case. The trial relates to allegations dating back to between 1990 and 1994.
September 5, 2011 Chirac’s corruption trial begins. Chirac is excused from attending the trial, after medical records are submitted showing that he suffers from severe memory loss.