Death of Pierre Messmer

March 20, 1929 - August 29, 2007
France | Age 78

French Prime Minister from 1972 to 1974, dies at 91
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Pierre Messmer, a member of the French Resistance who was the country's prime minister from 1972 to 1974, has died at age 91, former President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.

Messmer died Wednesday afternoon at Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris, according to the French daily Le Figaro.

Messmer entered the French Resistance in 1940, fleeing Nazi-occupied France for England on a cargo ship. He then participated in major campaigns in North Africa and elsewhere and stormed the...

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