|Jacques Chirac contested the conviction but said he won’t appeal because he lacks the strength for a new trial.|
French ex-president guilty of corruption
Chirac, 79, given a suspended term in misuse of funds
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.