France judges to question Chirac in corruption probe Michael Sung at 1:05 PM ET
[JURIST] Former French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] will likely be questioned in an alleged corruption scheme [JURIST report] during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, Chirac's lawyer Jean Veil said Tuesday. Chirac, who headed the Rally for the Republic (RPR), now renamed as the Union for a Popular Movement [party website], allegedly financed the RPR's payroll by illegally establishing fake city positions for party members to collect salaries totaling several million dollars. Chirac's lawyer said he will be called as a material witness; under French law, a material witness is not formally a suspect, but may be indicted pending the investigation. Veil emphasized that Chirac will not answer questions concerning two other scandals that allegedly occurred during Chirac's tenure as president of France [JURIST news archive], which ended in May.
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