As President of France, Jacques Chirac opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, not for ideological reasons, but because he received multimillion-dollar bribes from former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. This is reported by the British tabloid Daily Mail with reference to Richard Dearlove, who at that time headed the Secret Intelligence Service of Great Britain (MI-6).
According to him, there is irrefutable evidence that Chirac received from Hussein six million dollars, which he spent on his election campaigns in 1995 and 2002. According to intelligence, the politician received money through intermediaries. Jacques Chirac died on September 26. He was 86.
In 2003, an international coalition led by the United States invaded Iraq, resulting in the fall of Hussein’s regime. Chirac, then the French president, opposed the military campaign, threatening to use the Veto power of Paris in the UN Security Council, which worsened relations between the Fifth Republic and a number of states. As a result, the operation began without a UN mandate.
Saddam Hussein was hanged on 30 December 2006. He was found guilty of mass destruction of residents of the Shiite village of al-Dujail