Ex-French president guilty of corruption
Paris - A French court has found former President Jacques Chirac guilty of embezzling public funds and other charges in a trial over illegal financing of the conservative party he long led.
He's the first former French head of state to face prosecution since the World War II era.
But Chirac, who is 79-years-old, did not take part in the trial after doctors determined that he suffers severe memory lapses.
The court said on Thursday it had found Chirac guilty in two related cases involving fake jobs created at the party he led during his 1977-1995 tenure as Paris mayor.
Chirac has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.