Chirac under formal investigation for corruption

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21 November 2007, PARIS - 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 said.

21 November 2007

PARIS - 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 said.

The move marks the first time a former French head of state has been put under such investigation, which is a first step towards possible criminal charges.

Earlier Wednesday, Chirac was interviewed by a judge for the second time since he lost his presidential immunity after stepping down in June.

His lawyer, Jean Veil, said the interview was conducted in "the best possible atmosphere."

The investigation is into claims that Paris funds were used to pay the salaries of individuals linked to Chirac's Rally for the Republic Party, who had no connection to City Hall. In all 20 people are being investigated.

In July, Chirac -- who was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995 -- was questioned at his own offices by a judge conducting another corruption probe.

AFP

Subject: French news

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