Former French president Jacques Chirac who served as head of state from 1995 to 2007 has died, his family told AFP on Thursday.
"President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully," his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told AFP. He was 86.
He was the second longest-serving post-war president, after being twice elected as head of state, in 1995 and 2002, serving for 12 years. The longest serving post-war president was his predecessor, Francois Mitterand.
Mr Chirac is best known on the international stage is most remembered for angering the United States for his public opposition to the 2003 Iraq war.
Mr Chirac was a centre-right career politician.
He served as mayor to his native Paris from 1997-1995, as well as two stints as Prime Minister in 1974-76 and 1986-88.
During his time as Mayor of Paris, after losing presidential immunity, he was convicted for embezzlement and misuse of public funds.