He spoke of Mitterrand, “a womanizer,” Chirac, “a glutton for everything,” and Giscard d’Estaing, a “stingy aristocrat.”
In the second volume of his book “The Intimate History of the Fifth Republic”, French journalist Franz Olivier Gisbert reveals the secrets of the late former presidents Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand, and Jacques Chirac.
The book, which Le Figaro newspaper pre-empted its distribution by publishing excerpts from it, did not stop at politics and public life for each of the three presidents, but rather delves into their privacy and advantages, who have succeeded in ruling France since the launch of the Fifth Republic at the hands of President Charles de Gaulle.
Gisbert, who is currently president of Le Point magazine, knows things from the inside, because he has lived through them, experienced them, and got to know the people he writes about. He debated, debated, contradicted and criticized them, and remained a loyal friend to them, especially the last two presidents, Mitterrand and Chirac.
He sees in the first a womanizer, and in the second he sees a glutton in everything, and as for Giscard d’Estaing, he sees in him an aristocratic man who is over-intelligent and stingy.
Gisbert says: ‘Giscar was holding the hand even when he held the highest positions, including ruling the Elysee Palace, which was a matter of sarcasm for his associates. His hand rarely reached into his pocket except when it came to his passion for hunting. Then all accounts fall.