Former French President Jacques Chirac has faced questioning over his role in an alleged “fake jobs” scandal. Prosecutors are looking into allegations dating from the 1990’s that seven full-time workers of the RPR party based in Paris were handed “fake city jobs” and paid out of the mayor’s office.
Chirac was both leader of the party and Mayor of Paris at the time. His lawyer said: “The former president answered all the questions posed by the judge. He explained his role, his knowledge of events, to the satisfaction of the judge.” Chirac, who enjoyed immunity while president, was questioned as an assisted or material witness, rather than an ordinary witness. It means he could face criminal charges at a later date.
However Jacques Chirac sought this status because it enables his legal team wider access to the dossier being prepared by prosecutors. Mr Chirac’s close ally, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, was convicted over the same “fake jobs” scandal in 2004, for which he was barred from politics for a year.