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François Mitterrand

21st President of France François Mitterrand

Full Name: François Marie Adrien Maurice Mitterrand
Profession: 21st President of France


Biography: The longest-serving President of France (1981-95).

Born: October 26, 1916
Birthplace: Jarnac, France

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: January 8, 1996 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

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Historical Events

  • 1953-09-03 French minister François Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy
  • 1965-09-09 François Mitterrand nominated for French presidency
  • 1965-12-19 French President De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)
  • 1981-05-10 François Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for Presidency of France
  • 1981-05-21 François Mitterrand becomes president of France
  • 1985-12-04 French President François Mitterrand receives Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • 1988-05-08 François Mitterrand elected President of France
  • 1989-03-04 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President François Mitterrand in Paris
  • 1990-09-24 Iraq invades the French and Dutch missions in Kuwait; French President François Mitterrand calls the action a violation of international law; US warship boards an Iraqi-flagged tanker bound for the port of Basrah
  • 1990-11-21 French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf

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