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Levits sends condolences to France over death of former President

Latvian State President Egils Levits sent condolences to the people of France December 3 following news of the death of former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at the age of 94.

Writing in French, Levits said: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, a politician of conviction, initiator of many decisive reforms both in France and in Europe. One of those European visionaries that the world so badly needs in these times!"  

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing served as President of France from 1974 to 1981 and is credited with several important reforms and modernization efforts that had a profound effect on his country.

The French embassy in Rīga also noted his contribution in a life "entirely devoted to serving the French people and the construction of Europe."

The Latvian embassy in France also expressed its condolences to Valéry Giscard d’Estaing's nearest and dearest and the French people as a whole.

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