Chairman of French bank to face trial for conflict of interest

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Court to decide whether appointment of François Pérol as head of BPCE after being President Sarkozy's economic adviser breached rules.

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Francois Perol, chairman of France's second-biggest retail bank, BPCE, is to face trial in a case to determine whether his nomination to head the group in 2009 represented a conflict of interest, a judicial source told Reuters on Thursday, reports Reuters.