Saturday 25 November 2017

Judge to rule if Chirac too ill to stand trial on corruption charges

John Lichfield in Paris

AFTER 14 years of constitutional delays and rearguard action, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease may mean that the trial of Jacques Chirac on corruption charges that is due to start today may never take place.

A judge in Paris will decide this morning whether to proceed with charges against the former president, who has been diagnosed as suffering from an acute form of the condition.

In a lengthy medical report, sent to the court last week, an eminent French doctor said that Mr Chirac (78) had a neurological disorder which made it impossible for him to answer questions or to brief his lawyers. (© Independent News Services)

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