FILE This April 3, 2007 file photo shows former French President Jacques Chirac in Paris. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest in a recent string of former French leaders i

 

              FILE  This April 3, 2007 file photo shows former French President Jacques Chirac in Paris.   Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest in a recent string of former French leaders i
FILE This April 3, 2007 file photo shows former French President Jacques Chirac in Paris. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest in a recent string of former French leaders in the legal crosshairs. The former president, Chirac who turns 80 next week, was found guilty of embezzling public funds to illegally finance the conservative party that he long led _ dating back to his 18-year stint as mayor of Paris. He was handed a two-year suspended sentence. Chirac was targeted in a string of suspected corruption and illegal party financing cases over the years _ but was immune from prosecution while head of state from 1995 to 2007. Prosecutors were able to go after Chirac after he left office. .(AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)