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Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK

World: Europe

Paris mayor's wife in corruption trial

The wife of the mayor of Paris has gone on trial in France charged with corruption, as part of a wider investigation into alleged financial mismanagement at city hall.

The mayor's wife, Xaviere Tiberi, is accused of illegally receiving more than thirty-thousand dollars of public funds for writing a thirty-six page report, described by investigating magistrates as valueless.

Also on trial is the former headXavier Dugoin of a region near Paris Essone who commissioned the report.

Correspondents say the case is deeply embarrassing for President Jacques Chirac and his conservative RPR party, which has been accused of using public funds to pay hundreds of supporters for non-existent jobs.

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