Danielle Mitterrand, one of France’s most famous post-war First Ladies, has died at the age of 87. She had been taken ill last week and died at Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris after being put into an artificial coma.
While her husband Francois Mitterand served as French president for much of the 80s and 90s, Danielle Mitterand became known for her strong political views. Before her, the role of the president’s wife was mainly ornamental, but Danielle Mitterrand drew both plaudits and criticism for her outspoken views on a range of topics.
In 1986, Danielle Mitterrand founded an organisation named France-Libertes that still exists today. After her husband’s death from cancer in 1996, she remained politically active and highly visible in French life.