Champagne Heir Taittinger Dies

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 8:41am

PARIS (AP) -- Jean Taittinger, a longtime French legislator and heir to the Taittinger Champagne legacy, has died.

His son Frantz Taittinger told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his 89-year-old father died Sunday and was buried in a private family ceremony.

Jean Marie Pierre Hubert Taittinger, born Jan. 25, 1923, fought the Nazis at the end of World War II and went on to a long political career. He was a member of parliament and mayor of the Champagne center Reims from the 1950s to the 1970. He also served as France's justice minister under President Georges Pompidou.

He was also honorary president of the Taittinger Champagne house, whose origins date back to the 1700s.


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