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Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial on embezzlement charges stemming from his tenure as mayor of Paris. (Associated Press)

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Iran's new president, Hasan Rowhani, says a plan drawn up by Iranian officials and French President Jacques Chirac in 1995 could be a solution to the nuclear standoff with the West. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** U.S. actress Gwyneth Paltrow holds her baby Apple upon her arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, for a ceremony to award U.S. director Steven Spielberg the Knight of the Legion of Honor, given to him by French President Jacques Chirac. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, POOL)

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Former French President Jacques Chirac leaves his office in Paris. Mr. Chirac, 78, is accused of embezzlement, breach of trust and conflict of interest, based on allegations linked to his tenure as Paris mayor — before he became president in 1995. His trial was suspended until at least June. (Associated Press)

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Former French President Jacques Chirac, 78, leaves his office in Paris on Monday, March 7, 2011. Mr. Chirac's long-awaited trial on corruption charges stemming from his tenure as mayor of Paris was postponed on Tuesday until at least June. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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French President Jacques Chirac, right, and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak gesture during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2002. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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Illustration: Chirac by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial on embezzlement charges stemming from his tenure as mayor of Paris. (Associated Press)