Chirac to face court over jobs scam
Published 01/10/2010 | 15:12
Former French president Jacques Chirac is to stand trial next March in a party financing scandal - and become the first leader of modern-day France to face a court.
Mr Chirac, now 77, is charged with embezzlement and breach of trust in a case that dates to his time as mayor of Paris City Hall, from 1977 to 1995.
The trial will be held between March 7 and April 8.
The long-standing case centres on a scheme of creating fake jobs to finance operations of his conservative party.
He made a deal earlier this week to pay financial reparations to City Hall.
Mr Chirac and the governing UMP party agreed to pay 2.2 million euros (£1.9 million) in losses sustained by the city. But the payment does not eliminate the trial.
Mr Chirac was president of France from 1995 to 2007.