French filmmaker Eric Rohmer, a founding director of the French "New Wave" movement, has died at the age of 89. 

Rohmer died Monday in Paris. Relatives say he was hospitalized a week ago, but gave no further details about his condition.

Rohmer's films explored relationships and love affairs from a philosophical perspective.

Rohmer achieved critical acclaim in the late 1960s and early 1970s with films such as My Night at Maud's and Claire's Knee.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy said the filmmaker created the "Rohmer style" that will survive for years to come.