French businessman Bernard Tapie claims he was the victim of a plot to discredit Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

A few nights ago, I was surprised to hear an 82-year-old grandmother from the Parisian grande bourgeoise defending Bernard Tapie at a family dinner. “(...)

France’s former finance minister Christine Lagarde and her then head of cabinet Stephane Richard in 2008. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The magistrates who are investigating the €403 million settlement awarded to a friend of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy have concluded that the (...)

The chairman and chief executive officer of French telecommunications operator France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard.

Stéphane Richard, chief executive of France Telecom, was taken into custody yesterday for questioning over his role in an arbitration process that led(...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives for the second day of a hearing by French magistrates in Paris into  her role in a €285 million arbitration agreement with a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde began testifying for a second day at a Paris court investigating her decision t(...)

IMF chief Christine Lagarde arrives to be questioned by a French magistrate in Paris over her role in a €400 million arbitration payment made to a supporter of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is facing questions at a special Paris court today over a controversial financial deal that(...)

IMF director Christine Lagarde faces questioning about a 2008 decision, taken against the advice of her staff when she was France’s finance minister, to order an out-of-court settlement to the conflict between Crédit Lyonnais and businessman Bernard Tapie. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, a former French finance minister, is to be questioned next month by the Court of Justic(...)