Juppe offered Paris city hall refund of scam cash

11th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 10 (AFP) - Paris City Hall said Thursday it had rejected an offer from Alain Juppe, a close aide to President Jacques Chirac who heads France's ruling party, to repay municipal funds he was convicted of illegally channelling to party officials in the 1980s and 1990s.

PARIS, June 10 (AFP) - Paris City Hall said Thursday it had rejected an offer from Alain Juppe, a close aide to President Jacques Chirac who heads France's ruling party, to repay municipal funds he was convicted of illegally channelling to party officials in the 1980s and 1990s.

Officials at the City Hall, which is run by councillors from the opposition Socialist and Greens parties, said Juppe's lawyers had proposed reimbursing the EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.5 million) that had been embezzled, and that the offer was refused.

Juppe, a former prime minister currently also mayor of the southwestern city of Bordeaux, was found guilty on January 30 of illegally paying party officials with Paris municipal funds between 1988 and 1995 when Chirac, his political mentor, was mayor of the capital.

Given an 18-month suspended prison term and a 10-year ban on elected office, Juppe has appealed against the sentence and announced he would stay in politics pending a new court hearing, scheduled to take place in October.

Even though he has promised to step down as head of the ruling centre-right Union for a Popular Movement party, formed around the Rally for the Republic party Chirac founded, last week he stated: "no one contests my legitimacy" as party head.

A municipal spokesman, Laurent Fary, spoke to AFP about Juppe's offer, confirming a report published in the Canard Enchaine, an satirical newspaper known for its political exposes.

He said the City Hall had rebuffed it because "it is not right to change the situation between the first verdict and the appeal".

The newspaper reported that Juppe had made the offer in exchange for the City Hall dropping its legal claim attached to the case.

© AFP

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