Chirac on trial for corruption

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

JAC­QUES Chirac has be­came the first for­mer French pres­i­dent to go on trial as a court heard charges that he em­bez­zled pub­lic funds while he was mayor of Paris in the 1990s. The 78-year-old did not at­tend the start of the trial that will ex­am­ine whether he mis­used pub­lic money to pay peo­ple work­ing for his party. Pre­sid­ing judge Do­minique Pau­the ad­journed the hear­ing af­ter a few hours, say­ing it would re­sume to­day when he would rule on a con­sti­tu­tional chal­lenge in the case, which if suc­cess­ful could de­lay the trial by months.

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