Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 94. (Photo: Reuters)
PARIS: Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing has died at the age of 94 after testing for COVID-19, authorities said.
Nonagenarian, who had been in hospital several times in the last months for heart problems, died at the family home in the Loire region.
“His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of COVID-19,” the family said in a statement, adding that his funeral would be strictly private according to his wishes.
Tributes poured in from across the political spectrum in France.
He had led France into the modern era and was a key architect of European integration in the early 1970s.
(With inputs from Agencies)