Tapie-Lagarde affair enters new phase as arbitration judge is investigated for conspiracy to defraud

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One of the arbitration judges who oversaw the controversial 403 million-euro award to businessman Bernard Tapie has been placed under formal investigation for alleged “conspiracy to commit fraud”. As Mediapart's legal affairs expert Michel Deléan explains, this dramatic development shows that the long-running affair is rapidly gathering momentum.

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The affair involving a 403 million-euro compensation payout to businessman and politician Bernard Tapie has taken a dramatic turn after one of the arbitration judges who oversaw the controversial award was placed under formal investigation for alleged “conspiracy to commit fraud”. Retired judge Pierre Estoup, a former president of the court of appeal at Versailles, was questioned on Monday over the affair and put under investigation - which is one step short of charges being brought - on Wednesday.