Former French Defence Minister François Léotard is celebrating his 78th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed politicians of his generation.
Popular politician François Léotard has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 78th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Léotard, a cultural icon
Born in Cannes on March 26, 1942, François Léotard's career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in French history. Léotard's not just a great politician, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little François hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for François Léotard as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 78.
Happy Birthday, François, you're the best!
François Léotard career in pictures
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