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French ex-president guilty of corruption

Chirac, 79, given a suspended term in misuse of funds

Jacques Chirac contested the conviction but said he won’t appeal because he lacks the strength for a new trial. Jacques Chirac contested the conviction but said he won’t appeal because he lacks the strength for a new trial.
By Steven Erlanger
New York Times / December 16, 2011
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Former President Jacques Chirac, 79, was convicted yesterday of embezzlement and misuse of public funds to illegally finance his political party using fake jobs when he was mayor of Paris. Chirac, who did not attend the trial because of reported health and memory problems, received a two-year suspended sentence from the judges.

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