How IMF boss Christine Lagarde lied to judges in Tapie affair

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When the head of the International Monetary Fund appeared before judges investigating the Tapie affair, she told them she had never read key memos from a state body that was advising her against the controversial arbitration that eventually paid out 404 million euros of taxpayers' money. But that is not what she told French MPs five years ago. Mediapart's Laurent Mauduit reports on how the former finance minister appears to have misled the criminal investigation.

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The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde lied to judges when she was questioned in May about her involvement in the Tapie affair, Mediapart can reveal. Mediapart has seen all the answers given by Lagarde to the judges of the Cour de justice de la République (CJR) to justify her role in the controversial state-backed arbitration award in 2008 of 404 million euros in favour of the colourful businessman Bernard Tapie.