Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tiberi to Face Trial

Jean Tiberi, the mayor (UMP) of the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, his wife, and nine associates will face trial on charges of election fraud. The investigation, which dragged on for 11 years, was one of the longest in French history. Of course the president during all that time was Jacques Chirac, the former mayor of Paris, who was not keen to have the Tiberi saga aired in a public trial. The charges against the Tiberis in the weeks before a municipal election break with republican tradition, but then so did the failure of prosecutors to act expeditiously after completion of the investigation.

NOTE: I earlier stated, incorrectly, that Tiberi had been locked up. My mistake. Thanks to EL for the correction.

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