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Former French PM Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Michel Rocard, gestures as he delivers a speech during a rally at the Palais des Sports at the Porte de Versailles in Paris on May 30, 1969Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed a “visionary statesman”, died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP. Rocard served as prime minister for three years from mid-1988 under Francois Mitterrand, the two-term Socialist president who led the country from 1981 to 1995. Mitterrand appointed Rocard to succeed future centre right president Jacques Chirac after a period of unprecedented left-right “cohabitation”.

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