The filmmaker is most famous for his work in the 1960s and 70s, including The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher and This Man Must Die. During his career, in which he made over 50 films, Chabrol was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Palm award twice, once in 1978 for Violette Noziere and for a second time in 1985 for Poulet au vinaigre.
Chabrol’s death has seen tributes pour in from across the industry, as well as key French political figures. "With the death of Claude Chabrol, French cinema has lost one of its maestros," said French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in a statement.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy also acknowledged Chabrol’s life’s work, describing the director as a "great author and great film-maker".
Thierry Fremaux, who runs the Cannes Film Festival, told French press