Former French president Jacques Chirac has died, according to media reports.
The 22nd president of the French republic died at the age of 86 on Thursday, his son-in-law Federic Salat-Baroux told local media. He had reportedly been hospitalised several times in the last ten years with a lung infection.
Chirac has one of the longest continuous political careers in Europe having been elected twice as president, twice as prime minister and mayor of Paris for 18 years.
He won the presidential election against Lionel Jospin on 7 May 1995, and again in 2002 against far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen.
He was prime minister from 1974 – 1976, and from 1986 to 1988.