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  Raymond Barre, French PM and economist, dies
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News DateSunday, August 26, 2007 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRaymond Barre, a prominent economist who served as French prime minister during the presidency of Valery Giscard d'Estaing in the 1970s, has died Saturday aged 83, a family member said.

Barre, who his mentor Giscard described as "the best economist in France" when he appointed him premier in August 1976, died at the Val de GrĂ¢ce military hospital in Paris, where he had been since suffering cardiac problems in April.

Before his stint as prime minister, which lasted until Giscard was ousted by the Socialist Francois Mitterrand in May 1981, Barre had been best known as the writer of a weighty economics textbook that was required reading for a generation of French university students.
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