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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
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
15 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Paris [official website, in French] on Wednesday affirmed the acquittal [press release, in French] of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for allegedly taking part in a smear campaign known as the Clearstream Affair [BBC backgrounder]. Villepin was charged … [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
22 Oct 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Two French police officers who chased three teens into a power substation, resulting in two of their deaths from electrocution, will stand trial on criminal charges, lawyers said Friday. The officers are charged with "non-assistance to a person in danger" [CP report] under Article 223-6 of the French penal … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] French judges may drop charges against two police officers who chased three teen boys into a power substation where two of the teens died after being electrocuted, according to Friday reports [AP report]. The two officers were charged in 2007 [JURIST report] with "non-assistance to a person in danger" … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A French public prosecutor on Friday announced plans to appeal the acquittal [JURIST report] of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], which cleared him of all charges for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen, including current President Nicolas Sarkozy [official … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of all charges for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen, including current President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors claimed de Villepin failed to … [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
21 Oct 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Paris prosecutors requested Tuesday that former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] receive an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a €45,000 fine for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen including current President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French; JURIST news archive]. … [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]


Legal News
21 Sep 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] A French court on Monday began the trial of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of slandering businessmen and top politicians including current French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French; JURIST news archive]. De Villepin is accused [AFP report] of having orchestrated … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2008
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] has been ordered to stand trial for "complicity in slanderous denunciation" in connection with the a long-running political scandal know as the Clearstream Affair [BBC backgrounder]. De Villepin is accused [AFP report] of having orchestrated … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] French magistrates have filed preliminary charges of "complicity in slanderous denunciations" against former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive], Villepin's lawyer said Friday. Villepin is accused of ordering a smear campaign against former political rival and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] French magistrates are expected to file preliminary charges against former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French] for allegedly ordering a smear campaign against former political rival and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile], Villepin's office said Tuesday. Villepin is accused of being … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Investigators searched the offices of former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] on Friday as part of a probe into an alleged smear campaign conducted against Villepin political rival and now French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile]. In 2004, a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The government of France [JURIST news archive] has said that it will recognize a citizen's legal right to housing [press release, in French]. In a statement Wednesday, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website, in French; JURIST news archive] said a draft law would implement the right in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile] has initiated a defamation lawsuit against a computer specialist believed to have included his name among a list of people falsely accused of accepting kickbacks to secret bank accounts from an arms deal. Sarkozy rival Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website, in French; JURIST news archive] was questioned by judges for more than 17 hours Thursday and early Friday in connection with an investigation of an alleged smear campaign conducted against Villepin's political rival, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile]. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website, in French; JURIST news archive] promised Monday to extend the scope of anti-vandalism laws following the burnings of some 200 vehicles over the weekend. After an emergency meeting on transportation security, de Villepin said the laws should be modified [press release, … [read more]

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