Death of Robert Sargent Shriver
We were deeply saddened to learn that Mr. Robert Sargent Shriver passed away on January 18. We pay tribute to the exceptional commitment demonstrated by Mr. Shriver in public life and in support of international relations. As a lawyer specializing in international law and a diplomat, he was always deeply committed, throughout his long career, to advocating for the disadvantaged. During John F. Kennedy’s presidency he notably became the first director of the Peace Corps, through which he initiated development programs in more than 50 countries.
With his death, France has also lost a great friend. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, Mr. Sargent Shriver served as United States Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1972 and worked actively to develop relations between our two countries; he then ran on the Democratic ticket with Senator George McGovern in the 1972 presidential elections.
We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and we share their grief.