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, he 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 1,603,459 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Valéry Giscard d'Estaing is the 767th most popular politician (up from 815th in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from Germany (up from 224th in 2019) and the 56th most popular German 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 767 out of 15,710Before him are Charles IV of Spain, Nikolai Yezhov, Chandragupta Maurya, William I of the Netherlands, Michael I of Romania, and Nicolas Sarkozy. After him are Balian of Ibelin, Isabella II of Spain, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, François Hollande, Trygve Lie, and Alexander Kerensky.

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Among people born in 1926, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 12Before him are Ingvar Kamprad, Jiang Zemin, Leslie Nielsen, Chuck Berry, Sathya Sai Baba, and Dario Fo. After him are Miles Davis, René Goscinny, Klaus Kinski, Hugh Hefner, Andrzej Wajda, and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Among people deceased in 2020, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 11Before him are Diego Maradona, Max von Sydow, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Olivia de Havilland, Albert Uderzo, and Qaboos bin Said al Said. After him are Ian Holm, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Parker, Pierre Cardin, Michel Piccoli, and Lucia Bosè.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 214 out of 5,289Before him are Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Anne of Cleves (1515), Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), and Arnulf of Carinthia (850). After him are Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Carl Schmitt (1888), Franz Marc (1880), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Isabeau of Bavaria (1370), and Karl May (1842).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ranks 56Before him are Ilse Koch (1906), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882), Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), and Arnulf of Carinthia (850). After him are Walter Ulbricht (1893), Kurt von Schleicher (1882), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Johann Friedrich Struensee (1737), Irma Grese (1923), and Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1086).