Where they stand
President of France since 1995
ACCUSATION: Figures in at least four major corruption investigations, including allegation he used $300,000 in cash from unexplained sources to pay for private trips.
STATUS: Immune from prosecution while in office. Running for reelection next year.
German Chancellor, 1982-98
ACCUSATION: Maintained secret campaign slush fund.
STATUS: Admitted violation, agreed to pay $140,000 fine. Washed up politically.
Former French Finance Minister
ACCUSATION: Submitted phony bills for private legal work in mid-1990s.
STATUS: Cleared of charges. Now seen as a contender for Prime Minister.
Former chairman, German Christian Democratic Union
ACCUSATION: Lied to parliamentary committee during campaign financing probe.
STATUS: Investigation dropped for lack of proof. Could be a candidate for chancellor.