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Jacques Chirac jugded guilty of corruption, sentence two years, escapes jail.

Europe Security News. File photo of former French President Jacques Chirac, now sentenced for corruption.

By French Justice, the former French leader Jacques Chirac has been found guilty of corruption and given a suspended jail sentence of two years.

Chirac (79) was found guilty of  breach of trust, influence peddling and embezzlement between 1990 and 1995, when as mayor of Paris he employed ghost workers.

The suspended sentence means he does not have to go to prison took into account his age, health and status as a former head of state when determining the sentence. He did not attend his trial since medical doctors deemed that his neurological problems damaged his memory.

French judges said in their ruling that Chirac’s criminal conduct had cost Paris taxpayers the equivalent of €1.4 million .

“Jacques Chirac breached the duty of trust that weighs on public officials charged with caring for public funds or property, in contempt of the general interest of Parisians,” the ruling said.

He is the first former or serving president of modern France to be tried, although Nazi-era collaborationist leader Philippe Petain was convicted of treason and king Louis XVI was sent to the guillotine by revolutionaries in 1793.