Thursday 14 December 2017

Chirac avoids trial start

The trial of former French President Jacques Chirac began yesterday in Paris without him, writes Heather Smith.

Lawyers for another defendant sought a delay and asked if the statute of limitations had run out on the allegations.

Mr Chirac's co-defendant Remy Chardon, a chief of staff to the former head of state while he was mayor of Paris, asked Judge Dominique Pauthe to postpone the trial while a higher court reviewed his question on its constitutionality.

Claims that Mr Chirac -- whose court appearance was waived -- used city money to pay loyalists to work for his party date to the 90s. Judge Pauthe rules on the request tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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