Former President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ‘was the incarnation’ of a forward-moving 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, as he legalized abortion, pushed for European integration and modernized French society. ‘in 1974, Giscard d’Estaing was the incarnation of what France was looking for, in order to move forward’, FRANCE 24’s Philip Turle says.