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February 01, 2004

Chirac Sinking in Quagmire

This UK Telegraph article has some shocking revelations.

President Jacques Chirac was fighting last night to regain control of a fast unravelling scandal encircling his political power base.
On top of the oil bribery scandal came another involving illegal activities by Chirac's closest protege, Alain Juppé, who was convicted and banned from holding public office for 10 years.

M Chirac seized charge of an inquiry into alleged telephone taps, break-ins and violent threats against judges investigating Alain Juppé, the former prime minister and his heir apparent, convicted on Friday of organising illegal party funding.
Ooo... break-ins? phone taps? threats? obstruction of justice? Instead of Bu$h=Hitler it turns out Chirac=Nixon! Who knew?
Juppé and 21 of M Chirac's former aides and business partners were convicted in relation to the funding of M Chirac's RPR party during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The only reason Chirac escaped was that he pushed through a law granting himself immunity from prosecution. Nice trick, that. But with 22 of Chirac's associates convicted, other ministers taking oil bribes from Saddam, and even Chirac's chief financial backer documented as receiving massive Iraqi bribes, I'd say uttering "Quagmire! Quagmire!" is at long last appropriate.
In a tough ruling, Judge Catherine Pierce effectively ended Juppé's political career by banning him from public office for 10 years and handing him an 18-month suspended prison sentence.
He could still hang out in the Cafe's of Paris with current politicians not yet convicted.
Juppé's conviction has outraged M Chirac and his supporters and provoked open warfare between France's supposedly independent judiciary and the politicians who find it meddlesome.
And there is France in a nutshell. The government's wildly corrupt, ministers bought off by genocidal dictators, and when the judiciary calls them on it the French "elite" finds it "meddlesome". I bet Chirac has mixed feelings about eliminating the Guilloitine. He certainly wants to use it but he also looks like its most likely upcoming victim.
Bernadette Chirac, the president's wife, challenged the court's findings at the weekend by calling Juppé "a statesman of great stature and an honest man".
She should've finished the statement with "...compared to my husband."
Others close to the president have sought to cast doubt on the judge's motives, anonymously accusing her in newspapers of envy and political malice. They are saying her ruling will be overturned on appeal.
Like the left did with Katherine Harris in Florida. She must be a "hater"!
Judge Pierce, 54, has hit back at the president's supporters by describing the sinister pressures placed on her and her two fellow judges in the Juppé case.
"Take that you sinister curr!"
She told Le Parisien newspaper that her office had been broken into, her home and office telephones tapped, her computer files rifled and that she received a death threat before Juppé's sentencing.
Computer files rifled? "She entered her office, and to her horror and astonishment saw her File Allocation Tables in disarray, her directories scattered randomly about, her text files strewn across the floor. Her PC had been hacked -- with an axe. She groaned, realizing she would have to run defrag for hours to clean up the mess."
"Lots of people wanted to know our decision," she said. In one incident she arrived at work to find the false ceiling in her office had been pulled down. A maintenance worker said the door to the next office was jammed and he was trying to get through the gap in the ceiling.
Yeh, right. Maintenance guys always go through the ceiling instead of applying a bit more shoulder to the door.
Judge Pierce was sceptical and began keeping notes on a personal computer rather than the office system, which she suspected was being accessed by outside parties. All of the judges suspected their telephones were tapped. One complained of strange time delays during his conversations, another of strangers' voices in the background.
Apparently the French even suck at phone taps. I wonder if they're just hooking a speaker across the phone lines down in the switchboard room?
The allegations lend a murky aura to a long legal process which has bedevilled M Chirac and his entourage. They are also consistent with complaints by other judges who have threatened the highest levels of the establishment.
Well, that's the way the French system works. Insult, threat, and intimidation, even in the international arena where they're just a yapping little lap dog that won't shut up.
Eric Halphen, a magistrate who spent seven years investigating alleged kickbacks paid to M Chirac's staff for building contracts while he was mayor of Paris, left the legal profession in 2002 and wrote a book describing what he endured. He said threatening notes were left on his windscreen and his telephone was tapped.
I haven't heard claims of intimidation like this since, well, Linda trip had all her tires slashed and her cat disappeared. However, it was considered unusual at the time.
M Halphen summoned the president as a witness in the case, but after months of delay M Chirac succeeded in having the law on presidential immunity changed to protect him from legal suits while in office.
Interesting that the only thing keeping Chirac out of jail on charges of corruption, illegal funding, intimidation, and bribery is a fig leaf of his own making. As long as he's at it, he should just declare himself Emperor Neopolitan IV, ruler of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Several other cases against M Chirac remain in legal limbo because of his immunity. These include charges that he fiddled his grocery bill at the Paris town hall.
Corrupt from top to bottom, in things great and small, corrupt. And the leftists looked at this man as someone with any moral authority? I think Bush and Powell have been vindicated in their dismissive attitude toward these small minded, corrupt, powermad French frauds.
How else, magistrates have asked, could he have spent £1.5 million in eight years simply to feed himself and his wife? And why was nearly £1 million of that settled in cash?
Maybe he has sophisticated taste?
M Chirac has also been implicated in the case which brought down Juppé, involving the use of Paris town hall money to pay salaries to party employees.
Juppé told friends that if he was convicted he would leave politics altogether so that he could retain his integrity in the "eyes of Clara", his daughter.
Forget it. Kids today are smarter than that, and I'm sure she has no doubt that he completely lacks even a shred of integrity.
He is currently mayor of Bordeaux, a member of parliament and president of M Chirac's ruling party, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UM). He has lodged an appeal, which could take another year to be heard.
It seems French politicians comprise France's indigenous criminal class. You'd think they would've advanced a bit more than this since Cardinal Richelieu, Robespierre, or Napoleon. Apparently not.


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Looks like there needs to be a "regime change", post-haste, in *spit* France *spit*. The WMD's are probably hidden in wine cellars, from the looks of things.

F.E.T.E.

Posted by: B.C. at Feb 1, 2004 11:19:14 PM