Mitterrand furniture sold for sonsuspected of fraud

27th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - A Paris auction of furniture belonging to late French president Francois Mitterrand has raised EUR 80,200 (USD 102,000), most of which is to go to help a son of the former leader who is drowning under waves of criminal allegations.

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - A Paris auction of furniture belonging to late French president Francois Mitterrand has raised EUR 80,200 (USD 102,000), most of which is to go to help a son of the former leader who is drowning under waves of criminal allegations.

Nine items went under the hammer late Tuesday, including a chaise longue, chairs, a table, stools, all of them in the distinctive spare and linear style of the 1970s, when they were acquired.

Danielle Mitterrand, widow of the former Socialist president who died in 1996, organised the auction to fall on what would have been the 88th birthday of her husband.

She was forced to part with the objects to help her son Jean-Christophe, whose accounts have been blocked pending criminal investigations for suspected illegal arm sales to Angola, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Jean-Christophe Mitterrand was hospitalised last month suffering from depression.

© AFP

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