mercredi 21 novembre 2007


Former French president Jacques Chirac was placed under judicial investigation Wednesday as part of a probe into the improper use of city funds when he was mayor of Paris, his lawyer Me Jean Veil, said.
M. Chirac, 74, was being questioned by a judge in a Paris court for the second time since he lost his presidential immunity in June.
He is under investigation for 40 fake jobs allegedly handed to centre-right sympathisers during his time as mayor of the French capital city, from 1977 to 1995.
In a column published in Le Monde newspaper, the former French head of state said that he wanted ‘the truth to be restored’ and insisted on the ‘legitimacy and use’ of the recruitments. He also added, ‘The City’s public money was never used for any other purpose than for the inhabitants of Paris.’
M. Chirac is the first former president to be placed under investigation.
A close ally of M. De Villepin, a former French Prime minister also at the heart of judicial trouble, said M.Chirac's indictment was 'a form of unprecedented political inquisition.'

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