Former US ambassador to France dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Joe M. Rodgers, U.S. Ambassador to France from 1985 to 1989 and one-time head of an international construction company, had died in Nashville. He was 75.

Rogers died at his home Monday after battling cancer.

Rodgers was long active in Republican politics, especially fundraising. He raised funds for Fred Thompson's brief presidential campaign in 2008.

Rodgers was national finance chairman for Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign. He was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for three years beginning in 1979.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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