Former President Giscard d’Estaing ‘wanted to build a progressive society in France’

France is mourning former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died Wednesday, aged 94 after contacting Covid-19. ‘Giscard’, as he was known, was in office during only one term, from 1974 to 1981, but his political impact was big, especially among the European Union as pushed for European integration. “He clearly wanted to build a progressive society in France, with the principles that came out of the May 1968 movement”, Professor Paul Smith analyses.