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Giscard d'Estaing, Valéry

(välārē` zhēskär` dĕstăN`), 1926–, French political leader, president of France (1974–81); b. Germany. A member of the national assembly at the age of 29, he was deputy finance minister (1959–62) and finance minister (1962–66) in Charles de Gaullede Gaulle, Charles
, 1890–1970, French general and statesman, first president (1959–69) of the Fifth Republic. The World Wars

During World War I de Gaulle served with distinction until his capture in 1916. In The Army of the Future (1934, tr.
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's government. He held the latter post again in 1969 under President Georges PompidouPompidou, Georges Jean Raymond
, 1911–74. French political leader, president of France (1969–74). Georges Pompidou taught school and then served in World War II until the fall (1940) of France, when he returned to teaching.
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, supporting European economic integration and closer ties with the United States. Leader of the Independent Republicans, a conservative group allied with the Gaullists, he ran for president after Pompidou's death in 1974, defeating Socialist François MitterrandMitterrand, François Maurice
, 1916–96, French political leader, president of France, 1981–95. Initially a supporter of Pétain's Vichy government during World War II, he joined the Resistance in 1943.
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. After losing to Mitterrand in 1981, he returned (1984–89, 1993–97) to the national assembly, playing a major role in unifying France's right wing. Giscard has also served in the European Parliament (1989–93) and president of the Auvergne regional council (1986–2004). In 2001 he was appointed president of the Convention on the Future of Europe, which was charged with drafting a new constitution for the European UnionEuropean Union
(EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the European Community (EC), an economic and political confederation of European nations, and other organizations (with the same member nations)
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; the draft failed to win EU approval in 2003, but a revised constitution was signed in 2004.
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Valery Giscard d'Estaing ne se rendait pas compte du changement de temps, et petit a petit il se trouvait dans une position opposee a l'opinion publique francaise de 1980-1981.
CONGRATULATIONS: PM Tony Blair and Cherie with Leo; F1 sponsorship caused a row (main); and (inset) Valery Giscard d'Estaing
The commissioner for EU enlargement, Gunter Verheugen, a former German Foreign Minister, claimed that the "Catholic church has no rights in Turkey" and former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has also gone on record as saying that Turkey isn't a European country and that if it joined the EU, it would be "the end of the European Union.
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who has chaired the Convention on Europe's future for 16 months, will hand over more than 200 pages of proposals.
Speaking in Stockholm on May 27, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom strongly criticised the work of the Convention on the Future of the European Union, led by Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who she accused of taking an "autocratic" approach.
He would be out of office faster than you can say Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
EU Convention chairman Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who is responsible for drawing up a constitution for the enlarged Union, said: "We have made a lot of progress and are sticking to the timetable.
Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who is masterminding a new European constitution.
On this point, a subject of growing political interest in many Member States, Convention President Valery Giscard d'Estaing indicated that the Praesidium has commissioned a legal study, though he has already announced that two solutions seem probable, either the merger of the Euratom Treaty in the future Constitution, or its inclusion in the form of a Protocol.
Both Valery Giscard d'Estaing and Francois Mitterrand visited Algeria when they were French president, but neither of them came on an official state visit, which comes with special pomp and importance.
Vatican diplomats, and the pope himself in meetings with European officials, want to see a strong reference to Christianity included in the preamble to the European Union's Constitution, now being drafted by the Convention on the Future of Europe chaired by former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing provoked outraged: indignation when he declared that admitting Turkey to the European Union would be "the end of the EU.