Juppe steps down as mayor of Bordeaux

2nd December 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Dec 2 (AFDP) - A day after his conviction for illegal party funding was confirmed at the appeal court, former French prime minister Alain Juppe on Thursday stood down from his last elected post as mayor of the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

BORDEAUX, France, Dec 2 (AFDP) - A day after his conviction for illegal party funding was confirmed at the appeal court, former French prime minister Alain Juppe on Thursday stood down from his last elected post as mayor of the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

On Wednesday the appeal court in Versailles gave Juppe, 59, a 14-month suspended jail term and a year's disqualification from elected office for his role in the secret financing of President Jacques Chirac's RPR party in the early 1990s.

Though it was a sharply reduced sentence compared to the 10-year disqualification handed down at the original trial in January, it meant that Juppe had no choice but to give up the mayorship.

Supporters of Juppe have urged him to return to national politics when the ban runs out next year, but Juppe told a press conference in Bordeaux that he would wait before deciding his next step.

"I have no intention of getting back on my horse and riding to battle. I am going to take some time to think," he said.’’

© AFP

Subject: French News

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