Former French president Jacques Chirac will face trial next year on charges that he misused public funds while mayor of Paris, a court said Friday. Chirac is accused of paying 21 "phantom employees" with public funds between 1977 and 1995.
REUTERS - Former French President Jacques Chirac will go on trial next year to face criminal charges that he misused public funds, a court said on Friday, in a case which dates back to his tenure as mayor of Paris over 15 years ago.
Heavy with symbolism, the case represents a potential stain on a presidential office which has traditionally been above the fray of daily politics.
Date created : 2010-10-01