The lawyer for Jacques Chirac says the former French president will go on trial for embezzlement in Paris early next year.
Mr. Chirac is accused of abusing public funds while he was mayor of Paris.
He allegedly paid friends with city money for jobs that did not exist.
The 77-year-old Mr. Chirac is the first leader in the country's modern history to face corruption charges.
He could face up to 10 years in prison and fine of $159,000.