“He passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his loved ones,” his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux said.
The head of the lower house of the French parliament interrupted a sitting of the chamber to hold a minute’s silence.
Chirac, France’s second-longest serving president, dominated French politics for decades.
Following in the footsteps of previous French leader Charles de Gaulle, Chirac tried to elevate France’s status as a player on the world stage.
He stirred national pride with his opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
After leaving public office, he suffered from neurological problems, and was rarely seen in public at the end of his life.