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Prosecutor seeks acquittal in Chirac trial

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-09-20

The Paris prosecutor on Tuesday asked that former French President President Jacques Chirac and nine others be acquitted in an embezzlement trial relating to Chirac's time as mayor of Paris.

AFP - The Paris prosecutor on Tuesday asked for French former president Jacques Chirac and nine other accused to be acquitted in a graft trial relating to his time as Paris mayor.

"I seek acquittal for all the accused on all charges," prosecutor Michel Maes told the court.

Chirac, 78, is accused on two counts of hiring members of his political party for non-existent municipal jobs in Paris, where he was mayor from 1977 to 1995, effectively using the civic payroll to employ his own campaign staff.

The first French former head of state to go on trial since World War II has himself been excused from the trial after doctors said he was afflicted by memory lapses.

The charge sheet alleges that he was the "inventor, author and beneficiary" of a conspiracy to use public funds to "support his political influence" and serve his own "interests and ambitions, or those of his party".

Chirac is still a hugely popular figure in France -- his approval ratings still far outstripping his embattled successor President Nicolas Sarkozy -- and his trial had been keenly anticipated as a moment of political theatre.

If found guilty of using public funds to illegally pay for political work he faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of 150,000 euros ($210,000).

 

Date created : 2011-09-20

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