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The allegations stem from Chirac's time as mayor of Paris. He allegedly used seven city employees — who were hired by the city of Paris in the early 1990s and were on the city payroll — to work for his right-wing political party, RPR. Chirac was mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995, the year he became president. The RPR party no longer exists. (via Chirac to face trial by early next year - CNN.com)

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