Former French President Jacques Chirac was found guilty by a French criminal court of misusing Paris city funds during his years as mayor.
Jacques Chirac’s corruption trial began today with his lawyers asking Paris judges to allow the former French president to be absent for the proceedings, saying the 78-year-old is too ill to appear.
Jacques Chirac ’s wife said the former French President is healthy enough to stand trial in March on charges he gave fictitious City Hall jobs to supporters during his term as mayor of Paris.
Former French President Jacques Chirac’s corruption trial over decades-old claims he misused Paris funds resumes today after a six-month hiatus to consider a codefendant’s bid to block the case.
Former French President Jacques Chirac will be tried in March on charges he gave fictitious City Hall jobs to supporters during his term as mayor of Paris.
Former French President Jacques Chirac is medically unfit to stand trial over allegations of misappropriation of public funds, Le Monde reported, citing Olivier Lyon-Caen, head of the neurology unit at La Pitie- Salpetriere hospital in Paris.
"The risk would have been finding myself very quickly confronted with a head of government ready to affirm his independence, to dispute my prerogatives without even trying to hide that he's gunning to be my successor."
- Jacques Chirac on Jun 08, 2011