Thursday, December 15, 2011

Former French President Jacques Chirac Convicted on Corruption Charges

[ via Global Spin ] 15 Dec

Just a few days back the news were published about a French Minister having been found guilty of corruption. Now it is the turn of the former French president to be found guilty of same charges.
Ex French President Chirac awarded 2 years suspended sentence for corruption  (Getty Images)
Former President Jacques Chirac will not only go down in history as the first French head of state since World War Two to stand trial; he’ll also now be known as first to have been convicted as well. On Dec. 14, Chirac was found guilty of illegal use of taxpayer funds and abuse of public confidence while serving as the mayor of Paris in the early 1990s. 



Although the two-year suspended prison sentence handed down with the ruling means the 79 year-old former president will not spend any time in jail—or suffer any other significant legal sanction for his acts—an ailing, embarrassed Chirac will likely appeal the verdict.

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