French judges to question IMF chief Lagarde in May over suspected 'misappropriation of public funds'

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International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (pictured) is to be questioned next month by French judges investigating a case of 'misappropriation of public funds' and 'aiding and abetting falsification' concerning an award from public funds of 403 million euros paid to controversial French tycoon Bernard Tapie when Lagarde was French finance minister, Mediapart can reveal. According to well-informed sources contacted by Mediapart she wil be interrogated on May 23rd, when Lagarde faces being formally placed under investigation - a status one step short of being charged – by the magistrates from the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special French court which is designated to investigate suspected malpractice by government members in the course of their duties. Laurent Mauduit reports.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde is to be questioned next month by French judges investigating the suspected misappropriation of more than 400 million euros of public funds, well-informed sources have told Mediapart.