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Former President Chirac to Stand Trial Next Year, Lawyer Says

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Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Jacques Chirac will stand trial early next year on charges he created fictitious jobs as mayor of Paris, even after the former French president settled civil claims stemming from the affair, his lawyer said.

“Mr. Chirac will face trial, most likely in January or February,” attorney Jean Veil said in a telephone interview from Paris today. A judge will set the date on Oct. 1.

Chirac denies any wrongdoing amid allegations he handed out 21 City Hall job contracts for work done for his Union for a Popular Movement party when he was mayor. Excluding a two-year hiatus when he served as prime minister, Chirac was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, when he was elected president.

The civil agreement with Paris, which involved Chirac and the UMP paying 2.2 million euros ($2.9 million) to the city, wasn’t an admission of guilt, Veil said.

“The agreement settles the civil case, it doesn’t settle the penal case,” he said. “He’s preparing his case.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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