Via the Barcepundit, France’s investigating payments of commisions on the sale of CASA Spanish transport planes. The subject of the investigation, Patrick Maugein (former French Minister of Defense) and crony of Chirac, has greatly benefited from Saddam’s largesse, as explained in Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal
Patrick Maugein, a close friend of Jacques Chirac and head of Soco International oil company, says his dealings were all within “the framework of the oil-for-food program and there was nothing illegal about it.”
and ABC News,
According to the document, France was the second-largest beneficiary, with tens of millions of barrels awarded to Patrick Maugein, a close political associate and financial backer of French President Jacques Chirac.
Maugein, individually and through companies connected to him, received contracts for some 36 million barrels. Chirac’s office said it was unaware of Maugein’s deals, which Maugein told ABCNEWS are perfectly legal
As the Barcepundit says, Maugein and other close friends of Chirac son algo así como una garde du corps empresarial para encubrir los oscuros asuntos económicos del presidente francés; como sabéis, sólo su cargo le inmuniza temporalmente ante la justicia (my translation) “are like a large group of corporate bodyguards that cover-up the French president’s shady businesses; as you know, only his (Chirac’s) current position temporarily protects him from being brought to justice”.