US hands France's Alstom record 772-million-dollar bribery fine

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The French engineering group admitted falsifying books to pay more than 75 million dollars in bribes worldwide for energy arm contracts.

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French industrial group Alstom SA pleaded guilty on Monday to paying more than 75 million dollars in bribes to government officials around the world and agreed to a 772.3-million-dollar fine, the largest penalty by the US Department of Justice for foreign bribery, reports The Financial Times.