PARIS (AFP) - A French court ruled Monday that Jacques Chirac's embezzlement trial go ahead in his absence after a medical report said the 78-year-old former president suffered memory loss and was too unwell to attend. "Appearance in person is not required," judge Dominique Pauthe said after deliberating whether to postpone the case that should have seen the first French former head of state in the dock since World War II. The judge said he had taken his decision because of the "medical problems" cited in a medical report submitted by Chirac's family that said he was unfit to attend.