Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption

Source: Guardian

The former French president Jacques Chirac has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of embezzling public funds to illegally finance the conservative party he led.

Chirac, a savvy world diplomat and part of France’s political establishment for decades, is the first former French head of state to face prosecution since the second world war. But the 79-year-old former leader did not take part in the trial after doctors determined that he suffers from severe memory lapses.

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