Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

1926 - 2020

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Valéry René Marie Georges Giscard d'Estaing (UK: , US: , French: [valeʁi ʁəne maʁi ʒɔʁʒ ʒiskaʁ dɛstɛ̃] (listen); 2 February 1926 – 2 December 2020), also known as Giscard or VGE, was a French politician who served as President of France from 1974 to 1981.After serving as Minister of Finance under prime ministers Jacques Chaban-Delmas and Pierre Messmer, Giscard d'Estaing won the presidential election of 1974 with 50.8% of the vote against François Mitterrand of the Socialist Party. His tenure was marked by a more liberal attitude on social issues—such as divorce, contraception and abortion—and attempts to modernise the country and the office of the presidency, notably overseeing such far-reaching infrastructure projects as the TGV and the turn towards reliance on nuclear power as France's main energy source. Giscard d'Estaing launched the Grande Arche, Musée d'Orsay, Arab World Institute and Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie projects in the Paris region, later included in the Grands Projets of François Mitterrand. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has received more than 1,776,099 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Valéry Giscard d'Estaing is the 639th most popular politician (up from 766th in 2019), the 172nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 214th in 2019) and the 46th most popular Politician.

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing is most famous for being the President of France from 1974 to 1981. He was also the President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995.

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Among politicians, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 639 out of 15,577Before him are Michael of Russia, James Monroe, Ngo Dinh Diem, Sweyn Forkbeard, Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, and Arthur Seyss-Inquart. After him are Ptolemy II Philadelphus, Christian II of Denmark, Philip I of France, Tigranes the Great, Miloš Zeman, and Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu.

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Among people born in 1926, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 8Before him are Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro, Michel Foucault, Ingvar Kamprad, Alfredo Di Stéfano, and Jiang Zemin. After him are Leslie Nielsen, Miles Davis, Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, Svetlana Alliluyeva, and Klaus Kinski. Among people deceased in 2020, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 6Before him are Sean Connery, Ennio Morricone, Diego Maradona, Hosni Mubarak, and Kirk Douglas. After him are Pierre Cardin, Olivia de Havilland, Max von Sydow, Qaboos bin Said al Said, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and Katherine Johnson.

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Among people born in Germany, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 172 out of 6,142Before him are Erich Raeder (1876), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Otto Hahn (1879), Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805), and Oswald Spengler (1880). After him are Erich Hartmann (1922), Max Ernst (1891), Magda Goebbels (1901), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Johann Pachelbel (1653), and Baron d'Holbach (1723).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 46Before him are Friedrich Ebert (1871), Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795), Hans Frank (1900), Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (973), Christian IX of Denmark (1818), and Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882). After him are Olaf Scholz (1958), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), Augustus III of Poland (1696), Ilse Koch (1906), Rudolf I of Germany (1218), and Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756).