04 July 2016 Current Affairs: Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, passed away on 2 July 2016 in Paris, France. He was 85.
Rocard served as Prime Minister under President Francois Mitterrand from 1988 to 1991.
Michel Rocard : Michel Rocard was born on 23 August 1930 in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine.
He entered politics as a student leader whilst studying at Sciences-Po. He became chair of the French Socialist Students.From 1967 to 1974, he led the dissident Unified Socialist Party (PSU). He ran in the 1969 presidential election but obtained only 3.6% of the vote.
In 1974, he joined Francois Mitterrand and the renewed Socialist Party (PS).In 1977, he was elected as the Mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Under Mitterrand's first presidency, Rocard served as the Minister of Territorial Development and Minister of Planning from 1981 to 1983 and Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.After Mitterrand's re-election, Rocard was chosen as Prime Minister.