Revealed: how IMF chief Lagarde ducked Tapie fraud trial

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In the trial that opened earlier this month of flamboyant French tycoon Bernard Tapie and five others accused variously of organising and of colluding in the fraudulent payout to him in 2008 of more than 400 million euros from state funds, a notable absentee on the witness stand is International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde.