Chirac was a popular two-term president who served from 1995 until 2007. His death was confirmed by French authorities. Chirac was a vocal supporter of the European Union and an outspoken opponent of the U.S. war in Iraq. As an 18-year mayor of Paris, he cultivated a "man of the people" persona. Although widely considered a political conservative, Chirac "was able to bridge the left-right divide” of his country. In 2011, Chirac's legacy was tarnished when he was convicted for embezzlement. Regardless of the conviction, Chirac remained one of the most popular French politicians of modern times.