Abul Hassan Bani Sadar, Iran’s first president since the Islamic Revolution, has died in exile in France.
He died at a Paris hospital on Saturday after a long illness at the age of eight; According to the official website of Bani Sadar, his wife and children.

He was elected president of Iran in January 1980, following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to a Reuters report. Before he was elected president with the help of the country’s Islamic revolutionaries, Sadar had little political clout.

But soon his power struggle with the radical scholars began. At one point he fled to France. He spent the rest of his life there.

Bonnie Sadar lived in exile in Versailles, near Paris. Paknejad Jamaluddin, a longtime aide to the Sadar, told Reuters by telephone that his family wanted to bury him here.