French prosecutors want to drop case versus Chirac


Associated Press Writer

PARIS (AP) - A French judicial official

says prosecutors have asked a court

to drop a case against former President

Jacques Chirac and others accused

of roles in a corruption scandal

dating back to his 1977-1995 tenure

as Paris mayor.

The official says the request from

the Paris prosecutor's office has been

delivered to investigating judge Xaviere Simeoni.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity

Tuesday because the case is ongoing.

The judge must now decide

whether to follow the advice.

A judge filed preliminary embezzlement

charges against Chirac in 2007, after

he left the presidency and no longer

had judicial immunity.

Investigators have been looking into

suspected misuse of public money and

other alleged wrongdoing during

his time as mayor of Paris.

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