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[Jacques Chirac] - J'ai décidé de me présenter à Paris.
[Jacques Chirac] - I have decided to be a candidate in Paris.
La mairie de Paris. C'est l'une de ses premières grandes batailles.
The Paris mayorship. It was one of his first great battles.
À l'époque personne ne croit en lui.
At that time no one believed in him.
Face au candidat soutenu par le président Giscard d'Estaing beaucoup le donnent perdant.
Faced with the candidate supported by President Giscard d'Estaing, many thought he would lose.
Et pourtant moins d'un an après avoir claqué la porte de Matignon, Jacques Chirac est élu maire de Paris.
And yet, less than a year after slamming Matignon's door, Jacques Chirac was elected mayor of Paris.
Tout au long de sa vie, l'homme n'a jamais tant réussi que face à l'adversité.
Throughout his life, the man never succeeded as much as in the face of adversity.
Un phénix nourri par ses succès mais surtout par ses échecs.
A phoenix nourished by his successes but above all by his failures.
Le plus profond en 1988, après sa deuxième campagne présidentielle.
The deepest one was in 1988, after his second presidential campaign.
Balayé par François Mitterrand, il s'enferme à l'Hôtel de Ville.
Swept away by François Mitterrand, he locked himself in the City Hall.
Déprimé et abattu il veut tout arrêter.
Deeply depressed, he wanted to stop everything.
[Charles Pasqua] - C'était très sérieux.
[Charles Pasqua] - It was very serious.
Il m'a dit d'ailleurs un jour, il m'a dit d'ailleurs "tu sais, tout ça est foutu... tout ce qu'on fait ne sert à rien, ce peuple il n'y a rien à en tirer !".
He told me one day, he told me "you know, all this is ruined... everything we do is useless, there is nothing to get out of the French people!".
Comme souvent c'est l'odeur de la poudre qui le motive ; contesté dans son propre parti, défié par le duo Séguin-Pasqua...
As is often the case, it is the smell of powder that motivated him; challenged in his own party, challenged by the Séguin-Pasqua duo...
[Charles Pasqua] - "Le mouvement est-il menacé d'éclatement ? La réponse est non !"
[Charles Pasqua] - "Is the movement in danger of breaking up? The answer is no!"
Jacques Chirac conserve finalement la tête du parti, mais quatre ans plus tard le RPR s'entre-déchire.
Jacques Chirac finally retained the leadership of the party, but four years later the RPR was torn apart.
Une guerre fratricide : Edouard Balladur, l'ami de 30 ans, se met à rêver de l'Élysée.
A fratricidal war: Edouard Balladur, a friend for 30 years, began to dream of the Elysée.
Jacques Chirac est lâché par tous les barons.
Jacques Chirac was abandoned by all the barons.
[Charles Pasqua] - Je ne crois plus en Jacques Chirac, voilà, c'est pas plus compliqué que ça.
[Charles Pasqua] - I no longer believe in Jacques Chirac, that's it, it's not more complicated than that.
Il est alors au plus bas dans les sondages, seul face à lui-même.
He is then at the lowest level in the polls, all alone.
Il confie dans ses mémoires que cette période a pourtant été l'une des plus heureuses de sa vie.
In his memoirs, he nevertheless says that this period was one of the happiest of his life.
C'est sans conteste alors sa plus grande renaissance.
It was undoubtedly his greatest renaissance.
Car six mois plus tard, c'est bien lui qui entre à l'Élysée.
Because six months later, he was the one who entered the Elysée.
[Franz-Olivier Giesbert] - Il y a cette espèce de force en lui qui dit tout le temps, mais il dit tout le temps "je vais être élu, je vais élu".
[Franz-Olivier Giesbert] - There was this kind of strength in him that always said... he alway said "I will be elected, I will be elected".
Je me souviens de ça. Mais personne n'y croyait, mais on se disait ce type est dingue.
I remember that. But no one believed it, we thought this guy was crazy.
Mais quelle force de caractère, mais quelle persévérance !
But what a strength of character, what perseverance!
Et en politique la qualité principale ça restera toujours la persévérance.
And in politics, the main quality will always be perseverance.
Aux commandes pour sept ans pense-t-on, mais en 1997 c'est lui-même qui provoque sa chute.
He was expected to rule for seven years, but in 1997 he provoked his own fall.
[Jacques Chirac] - J'ai décidé de dissoudre l'Assemblée nationale.
[Jacques Chirac] - I have decided to dissolve the National Assembly.
Dissolution ratée, sur les conseils de Dominique de Villepin.
A failed dissolution on the advice of Dominique de Villepin.
Lionel Jospin entre à Matignon.
Lionel Jospin entered Matignon.
À nouveau plus personne ne croit en Jacques Chirac pour 2002.
Once again, no one believed in Jacques Chirac for 2002.
Grand favori pendant la campagne, son rival socialiste le décrit même comme "usé, vieilli et fatigué".
A big favourite during the campaign, his socialist rival even described him as "aged and tired".
En animal politique, Jacques Chirac s'en saisit pour rebondir.
As a true political animal, Jacques Chirac used it it to bounce back.
[Jacques Chirac] - Qu'est-ce que j'entends ?
[Jacques Chirac] - What do I hear?
Des propos sur le physique, le mental, la santé...
Comments on physical appearance, mental strength, health...
Je me dis c'est tout de même un peu curieux.
I think it's a little surprising.
C'est une technique qui s'apparente un peu au délit d'opinion !
It's a technique that is a bit like a crime of opinion!
Même presque au délit de sale gueule !
It's almost facial discrimination!
Lionel Jospin éliminé au premier tour, Jacques Chirac l'emporte face à Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Lionel Jospin eliminated in the first round, Jacques Chirac won against Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Une victoire hors-norme, pour un parcours sans commune mesure dans l'histoire de la Cinquième République.
An extraordinary victory and an unprecedented journey in the history of the Fifth Republic.
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Jacques Chirac, French president, 1932-2019

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Source: FRANCE 24, Youtube, 26 Sep 2019

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