Death of Francois Mitterrand

October 26, 1916 - January 8, 1996
| Age 79

Former French president dies at 79
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Francois Mitterrand, who turned away from his vision of a socialist France to champion European unity, died of prostate cancer Monday at 79.

Mitterrand, president of France from 1981 to 1995, was his country's most influential modern leader after his archrival Charles de Gaulle.

Judging that France would remain a world power only within a strong Europe, Mitterrand aligned French policy with the concept of European unity. His vision of a unified Europe and a nagging recession...

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