French judges send IMF chief Lagarde for trial

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International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been sent for trial in France for “negligence” when she was French finance minister in her management of an arbitration process that awarded French businessman Bernard Tapie with 404 million euros paid out of public funds, Mediapart can reveal. Earlier this month the Paris appeals court ordered Tapie to pay back the controversial 2008 payout. Michel Deléan and Laurent Mauduit report.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde is to be tried by France’s Court of Justice of the Republic on the charge of “negligence by a person in position of public authority” over her role, as French finance minister, in the awarding of more than 400 million euros of public funds to French tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008, Mediapart has learned.