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Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Jul 4, 2016 14:14 IST

Michel RocardMichel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, passed away on 2 July 2016 in Paris, France. He was 85.

Rocard served as Prime Minister under President Francois Mitterrand from 1988 to 1991.

About Michel Rocard

Michel Rocard was born on 23 August 1930 in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine.

He entered politics as a student leader whilst studying at Sciences-Po. He became chair of the French Socialist Students.

From 1967 to 1974, he led the dissident Unified Socialist Party (PSU).

He ran in the 1969 presidential election but obtained only 3.6% of the vote.

In 1974, he joined Francois Mitterrand and the renewed Socialist Party (PS).

In 1977, he was elected as the Mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

Under Mitterrand's first presidency, Rocard served as the Minister of Territorial Development and Minister of Planning from 1981 to 1983 and Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.

After Mitterrand's re-election, Rocard was chosen as Prime Minister.

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