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December 15, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Former French President Jacques Chirac was found guilty and received a two-year suspended sentence Thursday for misusing public funds and abusing public confidence while mayor of Paris. It is the first time a former French head of state has been convicted since Marshal Philippe Petain, leader of France's wartime Vichy regime, was found guilty of collaborating with the Nazis. The 79-year-old Chirac was not in court to hear the verdict, which came three months after his trial ended.
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December 15, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Former French President Jacques Chirac was found guilty and received a two-year suspended sentence Thursday for misusing public funds and abusing public confidence while mayor of Paris. It is the first time a former French head of state has been convicted since Marshal Philippe Petain, leader of France's wartime Vichy regime, was found guilty of collaborating with the Nazis. The 79-year-old Chirac was not in court to hear the verdict, which came three months after his trial ended.
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March 18, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The best way to chart the changing fortunes of French presidential candidates these days is to tune in to the nightly antics of television's satirical puppets from the "Bebete Show" and "Les Guignols de l'Info." Just a few weeks ago, the puppet playing Jacques Chirac was stumbling around the "Guignols" stage with knives buried in his back, seemingly the only one unaware that his campaign was dying. "I feel fine," he said, "except for this itch in my back."
WORLD
December 20, 2009 | By Gaelle Faure
Former French President Jacques Chirac has been hit with a second investigation of allegations that he used public funds while he was mayor of Paris to pay political allies for jobs that didn't exist. The former president, who lost his constitutional immunity when he left office in 2007, already has been ordered to stand trial in a separate investigation of the allegations. After he was questioned by an investigative judge Friday, the former president's office said in a statement that he responded two years ago to questions about seven allegedly fake jobs and that no new elements had emerged since then.
NEWS
January 19, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With opinion polls crowning him the heavy favorite, Prime Minister Edouard Balladur on Wednesday formally announced his decision to run for president of France, kicking off the most important presidential campaign here since Francois Mitterrand took power 14 years ago. Balladur's announcement was no surprise. But it was the opening shot in a three-month campaign that many French analysts expect will be especially bitter and scarred by internecine battles on the political right.
NEWS
May 7, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 14 years of President Francois Mitterrand's rule, French voters will choose a new occupant for the Elysee Palace today, ushering in what they expect will be a new era with either conservative Jacques Chirac or Socialist Lionel Jospin. Pollsters say the race for the seven-year presidential term remains very close, with Chirac appearing to have a slight edge.
WORLD
June 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
French President Jacques Chirac dismissed Foreign Minister Michel Barnier in a government reshuffle intended to win back voter confidence after voters turned down the proposed European Union constitution in a referendum Sunday. Philippe Douste-Blazy, a former health minister who is loyal to Chirac but a novice in international affairs, replaced Barnier.
WORLD
December 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A court sentenced a French neo-Nazi to 10 years in prison for trying to shoot President Jacques Chirac during a Bastille Day parade in 2002. Maxime Brunerie fired a rifle as Chirac passed him at the start of the parade July 14 on Paris' Champs-Elysees.
WORLD
March 31, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
French President Jacques Chirac decided to revamp his government but kept Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, despite a ruling party defeat in regional elections. The makeup of the new government is to be announced today. Chirac told Raffarin to assemble a team that could make unpopular social and economic reforms more palatable.
NEWS
April 24, 2001 | Reuters
Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a youth magazine he considers former South African President Nelson Mandela and French President Jacques Chirac the most humorous world leaders he has met. In an interview published in the May issue of Nickelodeon magazine, Annan was asked which world leader had the best sense of humor. "Nelson Mandela has a good sense of humor. And so does Jacques Chirac," he replied.
WORLD
October 31, 2009 | Devorah Lauter
A French magistrate Friday ordered former President Jacques Chirac to stand trial on charges of misusing millions of dollars in public funds as mayor of Paris by allegedly paying friends and colleagues for work they did not perform. Magistrate Xaviere Simeoni led the investigation into allegations that Chirac invented job contracts for several friends and colleagues while he was mayor from 1977 to 1995. He is accused of paying them more than $5 million in public-funded salaries.
WORLD
August 23, 2009 | FROM TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A far-right activist has been released from prison seven years after trying to assassinate then-President Jacques Chirac in a Bastille Day attack. Maxime Brunerie was convicted of attempted murder after he pulled a rifle from a guitar case and shot at Chirac on July 14, 2002, during a military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue. Chirac was not hurt. Brunerie remains under judicial supervision.
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November 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge placed former French President Jacques Chirac under formal investigation for suspected misuse of public funds while he was mayor of Paris. Chirac said that he had committed no wrongdoing. Judge Xaviere Simeoni is investigating whether people in Chirac's circle were given sham jobs as advisors, paid by Paris City Hall even though they weren't working for it. Chirac was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995 and president of France from 1995 until May 16.
OPINION
March 13, 2007
PERHAPS THE BEST thing that can be said about whoever ends up winning the French presidency this spring is that it won't be Jacques Chirac. The second best thing is that it won't be anybody from the ossified political establishment that has governed France for more than a quarter of a century, first under the 14-year term of Francois Mitterrand and then the 12-year grind of Chirac.
WORLD
March 12, 2007 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
Setting the stage for a suspenseful presidential race, French President Jacques Chirac announced Sunday that he would not run for a third term after 12 years in office and 40 years in politics. The announcement by Chirac, 74, was not a surprise. His popularity has sunk as the result of economic and political malaise, urban riots, corruption scandals and electoral setbacks.
WORLD
February 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
French President Jacques Chirac backtracked Thursday and said a nuclear-armed Iran would be unacceptable, reversing his earlier comments that Tehran's possession of a nuclear bomb would not be "very dangerous." "France, along with the international community, cannot accept the prospect of an Iran equipped with a nuclear weapon," Chirac's office said in a statement seeking to limit fallout from the leader's remarks to the International Herald Tribune and two other publications.
WORLD
September 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
French President Jacques Chirac was hospitalized after suffering a blood vessel problem in his eye. Chirac, 72, was admitted to a Paris military hospital Friday and canceled all appointments this week, including talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday, officials said. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Chirac was alert and consulting with advisors. Doctors said Chirac's problem could stem from a ruptured blood vessel or a stroke, which is often tied to vision trouble.
WORLD
November 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge placed former French President Jacques Chirac under formal investigation for suspected misuse of public funds while he was mayor of Paris. Chirac said that he had committed no wrongdoing. Judge Xaviere Simeoni is investigating whether people in Chirac's circle were given sham jobs as advisors, paid by Paris City Hall even though they weren't working for it. Chirac was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995 and president of France from 1995 until May 16.
OPINION
November 29, 2006
JACQUES CHIRAC IS expected to step down next year as France's president, so his clownish performance at Tuesday's NATO summit in Riga, Latvia, was apparently something of a final Bronx cheer for his fellow Atlantic Alliance leaders. At a time when the alliance is crying out for sober deeds, the French are yet again uttering meaningless words. Chirac's office was negotiating with Russian President Vladimir V.
WORLD
January 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Jacques Chirac warned that France could respond with nuclear weapons in the event of a state-sponsored terrorist attack. "Leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us ... must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and fitting response from us," Chirac said in a speech at L'Ile-Longue nuclear submarine base. "This response could be conventional. It could also be of another nature."
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