Former French Mayor commits suicide ahead of fraud trial




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Paris, April 8, 2015- Former mayor of the city of Tours committed suicide on Tuesday before standing a trial for his alleged connection the so-called “ Weddings” , local media reported.

Jean Germain served as mayor of Tours from 1995 to 2014. He is also a Socialist Senator.

According to reports, the 67 year-old expected to attend a trial on Tuesday morning charges of “illegal taking of interests and complicity of embezzlement of public ”.

Germain accused of letting a member of his , who recruited to promote France-China relations, defraud the city in the so-called “ Weddings” .

Lise Han, a Taiwanese, suspected of awarding public contracts to her own called Blue Lotus while serving as Germain’s councilor.

The organised weddings for newly-weds, who were invited to Tours to “remarry” in fake ceremonies.

 

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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 ’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 ’s body near his home.

In a joint press his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi, President Francois Hollande expressed his “great sadness” the of the Socialist Senator and sent condolences to his family. (Xinhua/NAN)