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Ex-French President Chirac Has to Face Trial in Nanterre Probe

Former French President Jacques Chirac has to face trial on charges he gave fictitious City Hall jobs to supporters during his term as mayor of Paris, a spokesman for the Nanterre court said.

It’s now up to the prosecutor to decide what the next step is, said the spokesman, who declined to be identified under court rules.

Last month, a trial on similar charges in Paris was postponed until March to allow the probe in nearby Nanterre to be completed and the two cases combined. Judge Dominique Pauthe scheduled that trial to start March 7 and conclude April 8.

Chirac will be the first French president to stand trial. The 77-year-old denies allegations that, while serving as mayor, he awarded City Hall job contracts to people who worked for his Rally for the Republic political party. Excluding a two-year hiatus when he was prime minister, Chirac led Paris from 1977 to 1995. He was elected president that year, giving him immunity from prosecution until he left office in 2007.

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