Inquiry Into Chirac's Trips Widens


French President Jacques Chirac's legal woes mounted Wednesday when a parliamentary committee agreed to hand over information on his personal assets to corruption investigators.

Several members of parliament returned to Paris from holidays for emergency talks on the data requested by magistrates, who are probing a string of lavish trips made by the president before his 1995 election and paid for in cash.

The committee, where all political factions of the parliament are represented, accepted the request by the magistrates, who want to know more about how Chirac funded the trips, National Assembly President Raymond Forni said.

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