Chirac daughter under investigation in corruption case

6th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - Claude Chirac, the daughter of former French president Jacques Chirac, is under investigation over allegations of corruption during her father's tenure as Paris mayor, judicial officials said Wednesday.

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - Claude Chirac, the daughter of former French president Jacques Chirac, is under investigation over allegations of corruption during her father's tenure as Paris mayor, judicial officials said Wednesday.

A French judge has asked anti-fraud police to investigate her as part of a probe into an alleged party funding scam, they said. The 44-year-old acted as communications advisor to her father at Paris city hall.

Twenty people are under investigation in the case, in which members of the former president's Rally for the Republic (RPR) party are suspected of having received salaries from city hall and private companies in the 1980s and 1990s.

According to the weekly news magazine Le Point, investigators are trying to establish why there was no record of Claude having been employed by City Hall while working for her father between 1989 and 1993.

"The president's daughter appears to have had no contract with the city, nor to have been paid by it. It is precisely the informal nature of her duties that appears to have awakened the current suspicions," said Le Point.

"She had an office and a computer, took part in meetings, prepared trips but is not listed as a city hall employee," wrote the magazine. Claude was employed at the time by a small private company, now defunct, it added.

Claude continued to advise Chirac throughout his 12-year presidency until he stood down in May.

An associate of Claude Chirac, who asked not to be named, told AFP that she had not been informed of any judicial summons.

"She was never paid by Paris City Hall, so she can hardly be accused of illegal use of funds," the associate said.

The 74-year-old Chirac, who was Paris mayor from 1977 to 1995, is also expected to be questioned in connection with the case.

In July he was interviewed by magistrates as a witness in a related investigation over which his ally, former prime minister Alain Juppe, was convicted in 2004.

Chirac could also still be drawn into two other ongoing corruption investigations from the same period.

AFP

Subject: French news

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