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Bernadette Chirac
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Spouse of the President of France
In role
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
President Jacques Chirac
Preceded by Danielle Mitterand
Succeeded by Cécilia Sarkozy
Personal details
Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel

18 May 1933 (1933-05-18) (age 88)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Jacques Chirac
(m. 1956; his death 2019)
Relations Claude Chirac (daughter)
Martin Rey-Chirac (grandson)
Anh Dao Traxel (adoptive daughter)
Residence Quai Voltaire, Paris (personal)
Bity Castle, Sarran, Corrèze (personal)
Profession politician

Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chirac (born Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel; 18 May 1933) is a French politician and the widow of the former President Jacques Chirac.

Post-First Lady roles

Since 2001, Bernadette has been a leading member of the "Pièces Jaunes" (Yellow Coins), a charity that aids children in French hospitals by collecting small change. On 3 September 2007, she became the president of the "Fondation Claude-Pompidou" (Claude Pompidou Foundation), following the death of its founder, Claude Pompidou.

She also helped her husband's being elected in 1995 and is herself an elected official in Corrèze, the couple's home département.


  • 2001: Bernadette Chirac by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley (Perrin Edition)
  • 2006: La Fille de Cœur by Anh Đào Traxel (Flammarion Editions) (a biography of the Chirac family by their foster daughter).
  • 2001: Conversation by Bernadette Chirac, with Patrick de Carolis, (Plon Editions)
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