Bomb blast shakes Bordeaux city hall

28th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Oct 28 (AFP) - City hall offices in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux were damaged by a small bomb blast overnight, local police chief Alain Gehin said.

BORDEAUX, France, Oct 28 (AFP) - City hall offices in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux were damaged by a small bomb blast overnight, local police chief Alain Gehin said.  

The sidewalk by the building which houses tax offices was strewn with glass and offices on the ground floor suffered serious damage.  

"A small bomb was placed behind one of the electoral billboards (...) between the wire screen and the window," said Gehin.  

City mayor Alain Juppe, a former prime minister, is currently on trial and has been found guilty on corruption charges.  

The prosecution at an appeal hearing called on the court Wednesday to slash the period of his disqualification from public office from 10 years to two years.  

Juppe, a close ally of President Jacques Chirac, was found guilty in January of "taking illegal benefits" for arranging the payment of seven workers from Chirac's RPR party from Paris municipal funds between 1988 and 1995.  

He was sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison term and 10 years of ineligibility for public office. Juppe appealed the conviction.

 

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Subject: French News

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