Jacques Barrot, president of the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, has collapsed and died on the Paris Métro at the Sablons station, near Neuilly. He was 77.
Barrot served as a minister in several French governments under Giscard d’Estaing and Chirac. He rose to become European Commissioner for Justice in 2008, despite having been convicted of embezzling government funds in 2000 and funneling them to his party.
The international music festival was his retirement hobby.