Paris, April 8, 2015- Former mayor of the French city of Tours committed suicide on Tuesday before standing a trial for his alleged connection with the so-called “Chinese Weddings” fraud, local media reported.
Jean Germain served as mayor of Tours from 1995 to 2014. He is also a Socialist Senator.
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More than 200 couples from China symbolically tied the knot in Tours between 2007 and 2011. Han reportedly earned tens of thousands of euros via the scheme.
The trial was suspended when Germain failed to attend and his lawyer subsequently read a note that found in the politician’s car.
“I have never defrauded the city for a single cent, nor made myself rich and I have always worked for what I believed was in the best interests of the people of Tours,” Germain wrote.
He said he believed the trial was “politically motivated.”
Police confirmed they had found the politician’s body near his home.
In a joint press meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi, French President Francois Hollande expressed his “great sadness” over the death of the Socialist Senator and sent condolences to his family. (Xinhua/NAN)