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Updated: October 30, 2009 14:33 IST

Chirac ordered to stand trial

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A file photo of Jacques Chirac.
AP A file photo of Jacques Chirac.

A judicial official says former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his 1977-1995 tenure as Paris mayor.

The prosecutor had asked the court to drop the case. But a magistrate ordered Chirac to stand trial for “misuse of public funds” and “breach of trust.” The judicial official spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

A judge has been investigating whether people in Chirac’s circle were given sham jobs as advisers and paid by Paris City Hall, even though they weren’t working for it.

Chirac’s office said he was “serene” and prepared to demonstrate that none of the jobs were phony.

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