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Former French president Jacques Chirac convicted in corruption trial

The corruption took place during Chirac’s tenure as the mayor of Paris.

Jacques Chirac photographed in Paris in late November 2011.
Jacques Chirac photographed in Paris in late November 2011.
Image: AP Photo/Francois Mori/PA Image

FORMER FRENCH president Jacques Chirac has been found guilty of embezzlement and violating public trust in a corruption trial.

The trial centres on the alleged creation of false City Hall jobs to source funding for Chirac’s conservative party during his tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

This is France’s first trial involving a head of state since WWII.

Chirac has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence, according to the Associated Press.

The judge presiding over the trial said earlier this year that the 79-year-old former president would not have to attend in person after a medical report submitted to the courts outlined Chirac’s memory problems. His wife has denied rumours he suffers from Alzheimer’s, but acknowledged he has been suffering problems related either to age or to a stroke he suffered in 2005.

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