Keyword: corruption investigation

French police search economy ministry in Macron aide probe

Police acting for France's financial crime prosecution services on Wednesday searched offices in the economy and finance ministry as part of an investigation into a complaint lodged against President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff for suspected influence peddling and conflict of interest when he was one of the ministry's most senior civil servants.

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.