December 15th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Chirac found guilty on corruption charges

Former French President Jacques Chirac was found guilty Thursday on corruption charges stemming from his time as mayor of Paris and given a two year suspended sentence, a court in the French capital announced.

He was convicted of breach of trust, misappropriation of public funds and illegal use of influence, the Paris Court's press office said.

It was uncertain whether Chirac, 79, would appeal the verdict.

"We have to talk about it with the person concerned," said his attorney Georges Kiejman. "We'll know tonight if he accepts this decision or if on the contrary he wants to appeal."

Chirac was mayor of Paris, from 1977 to 1995, before he became president.

He had immunity from prosecution during the 12 years he was president of France, from 1995 to 2007.

He was accused - along with the other defendants - of using public money to pay people to work for his political party, the RPR, and to pay others to perform jobs that did not really exist.

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  1. Portland tony

    Sounds like everyday political life in America. Imagine : Paying a political cohort with public money. A crime against all humanity.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. tim deshaw

    his coworkers in this country would think him a hero

    December 15, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    He got a two-year suspended sentence.
    He is 79.
    He should let it go, and not appeal.
    He could, *maybe*, get the conviction overturned, and perhaps he acquitted, but to what end?
    He could also be re-convicted and die in prison.

    If I were him, I'd let it go.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      In France, you don't go to prison for corruption. Like America, they dedicate and erect a statue in your honor.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nazi Bayer AG

    What Chirac did to France is nothing compared to what Bayer Pharmaceuticals are doing: KNOWINGLY distributing drugs laced with HIV in France. Google 'nazi bayer ag' and watch video/read results of investigations. Congress and President Obama? They approve of what Bayer AG is doing. CNN? Afraid that if they report this, you would just change the channel.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FauxNewz

    This kind of thing always happens when a politician runs out of bribe money.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. what does?

    What does? Somebody posts crap about aspirin?

    December 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. You mean 'Why does'?

    Only an average American would confuse the FDA busting Bayer AG, who was then busted in France doing the same thing with "crap about aspirin". Did you get an A+ in crap about Grade school english?

    December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |