21/05/81: Francois Mitterand sworn in as French President

On Thursday 21 May 1981 Francois Mitterand (1916 -1996) was sworn in as President of the French Republic (Président de la République française). He had been elected on the previous 10th May winning 51.76% of the votes, ousting the former president Valéry Giscard D'Estaing.

Mitterand was the first Socialist President of the Fifth French Republic and remained in office until 1995 after being re-elected for a second term in 1988.

He died from prostrate cancer at the age of 79.

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