France’s Chirac Medically Unfit to Attend Trial, Monde Reports

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Former French President Jacques Chirac is medically unfit to stand trial over allegations of misappropriation of public funds, Le Monde reported, citing Olivier Lyon-Caen, head of the neurology unit at La Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris.

Chirac, who suffers from a neurological condition, is in a vulnerable condition that doesn’t allow him to respond to questions, the newspaper said, citing a report by Lyon-Caen sent to judge Dominique Pauthe.

Chirac, who became president in 1995, faces charges dating back to when he was mayor of Paris that he used city funds to reward party loyalists with no-show jobs. The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 5.

The report, requested by Chirac’s wife Bernadette and his daughter Claude, was accompanied by a letter from Chirac asking to be judged like any person subject to trial, Le Monde said. That leaves the initiative to discuss Chirac’s court appearance with Pauthe, the newspaper said.

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