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Jack Shee Rack

I try not to take delight in the misfortunes of others, but I gotta say, Jacques Chirac isn’t exactly tops on my list of favorite foreign leaders. So I read this with a smile. I wonder if George W. Bush will as well. AP:

PARIS – Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his time as Paris mayor — a case that caught up with him in retirement once he lost the judicial immunity of France’s highest office.

An investigating judge ordered Chirac, whose 12-year presidency ended in 2007, to stand trial on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust, a judicial official said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.