Key dates in the Chirac presidency

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PARIS, May 14, 2007 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac formally steps down on Wednesday after 12 years in office and will hand over to his successor Nicolas Sarkozy.

PARIS, May 14, 2007 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac formally steps down on Wednesday after 12 years in office and will hand over to his successor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Here are key dates in his life:

1932: Born in Paris, November 29

1956: Married Bernadette Chodron de Courcel. They have two daughters Laurence and Claude, born in 1958 and 1962

1956-7: Military service in Algeria

1967: First junior ministerial post, followed by two years as agriculture minister from 1972-74

1974-76: Prime minister under President Valery Giscard D'Estaing

1977: Set up conservative Rally for the Republic (RPR) party

1977: Elected mayor of Paris, where he served for 18 years

1981: First attempt at presidency; gets 18 percent of round one vote but was third behind socialist Francois Mitterrand and Giscard D'Estaing, a centrist

1986-88: Prime minister in "cohabitation" with Mitterrand

1988: Second attempt at presidency. Again beaten by Mitterrand

1995: At third attempt, defeats socialist Lionel Jospin to become France's 22nd president

1997: Called early parliamentary elections, which were won by the Socialists. Jospin becomes prime minister

2002: Reelected president after Jospin is eliminated by far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in round one; Chirac gets 82 percent of second round vote

2002: Shot at by a neo-Nazi at July 14 celebration. Not injured

2003: Leads international opposition to the US war on Iraq

2005: Fails to get EU constitution accepted in French referendum; riots in high-immigration suburbs; hospitalised after suffering a "vascular accident"


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