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French judge delays Jacques Chirac trial

The trial of former President Jacques Chirac on corruption charges was suspended for at least three months today – raising doubts about whether the case will ever come to court.

Chirac excused from first day of public embezzlement trial

The trial of the former French president Jacques Chirac for misuse of public funds began yesterday, but proceedings were promptly delayed by an appeal from a co-defendant, which could see the trial postponed for months.

Jacques Chirac corruption trial opens

A long-awaited French corruption trial has opened with former President Jacques Chirac as the star defendant.

Chirac faces corruption trial that threatens to leave his legacy in tatters

France's ex-President is finally due in court, accused of embezzling €2m to further his career. So why is he still such a popular figure?

Former French President Chirac to stand trial

After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court.

Jack Straw suggested 'facilitation' days before Iraq invasion

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw today described how, just days before the invasion of Iraq, he advised Tony Blair that they need not necessarily send in British troops with the Americans.

Chirac denies Alzheimer's claim

The former president Jacques Chirac yesterday denied rumours that he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Chirac lawyers to cite Alzheimer's in attempt to postpone fraud trial

Former French president Jacques Chirac may have Alzheimer's disease – raising doubts over his capacity to face a corruption trial next month – a Paris newspaper said yesterday.

Marine Le Pen elected French far-right leader

France's far-right National Front party elected Marine Le Pen as its new leader and likely presidential candidate yesterday, replacing her 82-year-old father Jean-Marie Le Pen, a source close to the party said.

America's real special relationship

President Obama has caused a stir by saying that the US has 'no stronger ally' than France. John Lichfield asks: why all the fuss?

Kremlin 'must have known' about plot to kill Litvinenko

The murder of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was likely to have been carried out with Vladimir Putin's knowledge, according to the US's most senior diplomat in Europe.

Villepin backs 'Karachigate' claims against Sarkozy

A full-blown state scandal, involving President Nicolas Sarkozy and other senior figures, threatens to explode this week over "Karachigate", the allegation that political corruption and revenge-taking in France led to the murder of 11 French submarine engineers in Pakistan in 2002.

World Focus: Political exiles line up to take on Sarkozy

Two spectres from the past are haunting President Nicolas Sarkozy, a man who claims to care only about the future.

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