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Legal News
7 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The investigation into allegations that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] exploited L'Oreal [corporate website] heiress Liliane Bettencourt [Forbes profile] into donating illicit election campaign funds has been dropped, according to Monday reports. Bettencourt's accountant had stated [BBC report] she had passed €150,000 to Sarkozy's … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A French appeals court ruled Tuesday that an investigation may proceed into allegations that former president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] exploited aging L'Oreal [corporate website] heiress Liliane Bettencourt [Forbes profile] into donating election campaign funds. A panel of judges for the Court of Appeals of Bordeaux … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The first legal complaint against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was filed on Monday for his alleged involvement in the French sale of submarines to Pakistan in the 1990s. Olivier Morice, the lawyer acting for the victims of a 2002 bombing in Karachi, filed … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday convicted former president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on corruption charges, handing him a two-year suspended sentence. The charges stem from his time as mayor of the city of Paris and accused him of using public funds to support his political ambitions. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Wednesday issued an arrest warrant [order, PDF; press release] for former spokesperson Florence Hartmann [BBC profile; ICTY materials, PDF] for nonpayment of a €7,000 fine imposed for a contempt of court conviction. A five-judge … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A Paris prosecutor on Tuesday, asked that the corruption charges against former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC news profile; JURIST news archive] be dropped. Additionally, the prosecutor has requested acquittal [BBC report] of the nine other individuals charged with Chirac. The charges against Chirac stem from his time as … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Paris prosecutor's office on Tuesday began an inquiry into allegations against former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin over the receipt of millions of dollars from African leaders. The accusations against the two former French officials were made … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The trial of former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] opened in his absence on Monday after Judge Dominique Pauthe of the 11th Criminal Court of Paris agreed to continue the proceedings without him. Chirac and his legal team filed documents with the court on Friday … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], 78, and his legal team filed documents with the 11th Criminal Court of Paris on Friday claiming Chirac is too ill to face his corruption trial [press release in Le Monde, in French], just three days before the trial … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A commission of the French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Thursday ordered an investigation into the newly appointed Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) [official website], Christine Lagarde, for her involvement in a $400 million arbitration agreement with French businessman Bernard Tapie. Tapie won … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF; press release] the contempt conviction of former spokesperson Florence Hartmann [BBC profile; ICTY materials, PDF]. A specially appointed chamber found Hartmann guilty of contempt [JURIST report] in 2009 for … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French], the country's highest appeals court, ruled that the corruption trial against former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can continue, rejecting a constitutional challenge brought by one of his co-defendants. Chirac is being tried for allegedly misusing … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A French court on Monday began the trial of former president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] but immediately suspended proceedings. The trial was suspended [WSJ report] in light of claims made by co-defendant Remy Chardon, Chirac's former chief of staff, that a decision by the prosecution to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] A French court decided Thursday to combine two separate cases involving misuse of public funds brought against former president Jacques Chirac [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive], leaving him to face only one trial this spring. It is said that France's Court of Cassation [official website, in French] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A French judge on Monday ordered former president Jacques Chirac [official profile; JURIST news archive] to stand trial on a second set of charges in connection with the funding of his political party during his time as mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Chirac is accused of providing fictitious city … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Paris city council voted Monday to accept a deal in which former French president Jacques Chirac [official profile; JURIST news archive] will pay the city USD $741,000 in compensation for money he allegedly paid to supporters for whom he created false jobs. In exchange for the compensation, the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Dec 2009

Gino Raymond [Professor of Modern French Studies, University of Bristol, UK]: "For most commentators in France, the decision by French state prosecutors that former president Jacques Chirac had no case to answer regarding his alleged financial improprieties during his time as mayor of Paris, left only the theoretical possibility that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French judge on Friday placed former French president Jacques Chirac [official profile; JURIST news archive] under preliminary investigation over allegations that he misused public funds while serving as mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. Chirac is accused of financing the Rally for the Republic (RPR), now renamed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Judge Xaviere Simeoni on Friday ordered former French president Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] to stand trial on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. While serving as mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, Chirac allegedly financed the Rally for the Republic (RPR), now renamed as … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Oct 2009

Gino Raymond [Professor of Modern French Studies, University of Bristol, U.K.]: "The recommendation that charges against Jacques Chirac be dropped should come as no surprise. In theory, the judge responsible for the final decision, Xavière Simeoni, is not obliged to abide by the finding of the prosecuting authorities, but to … [read more]

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