Tuesday 23 May 2017

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard has died
Former French prime minister Michel Rocard has died

France's former Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard has died aged 85 in a Paris hospital.

French president Francois Hollande issued a statement on Saturday regretting the loss of a "great figure of the Republic and the left".

The current French PM Manuel Valls said Mr Rocard, who died on Saturday, had been waging a "fight against disease". He did not elaborate.

Mr Rocard was prime minister from 1988 to 1991 under Socialist president Francois Mitterrand. He notably created a minimum allowance for poor people who had no other income.

Mr Rocard defended anti-colonialist views during the Algerian war in the 1950s and early 1960s.

He also developed his own political style in the Socialist Party in the 1980s, pushing for more pro-business and reformist policies.

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