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Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Published 02/07/2016 | 20:25

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard pictured on May 7, 2004. Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File photo
Former French prime minister Michel Rocard pictured on May 7, 2004. Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File photo

Former French Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocard died on Saturday, the office of President Francois Hollande said in a statement.

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"A great figure of the Republic and the left has just disappeared," the statement said.

Rocard, a fervent advocate of the European Union, served as Prime Minister under President Francois Mitterrand from 1988 to 1991. One of his achievements was the creation of the RMI, a welfare program. He was 85.

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