Christine Lagarde: no challengers have emerged for the top IMF job

The International Monetary Fund said it plans an open selection process for its top job and will begin accepting nominations on Thursday, even though(...)

Christine Lagarde: IMF chief was indicted for involvement in allegedly improper multimillion-euro payment to tycoon Bernard Tapie.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger will have a broad smile on his face this morning as he savours the form of the nonpareil Mesut Özil. If Özil stays fit, (...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde is to face trial over her role in payment to  businessman Bernard Tapie. Photograph: AFP/Getty

A French court has ordered Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, to stand trial over her role in a disputed €400 million pay(...)

Jobseekers queue to enter an employment centre in Athens. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

In August last year French authorities began an investigation into possible negligence by Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fu(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy waves to reporters on Sunday as he leaves France Television headquarters in Paris after announcing his political comeback. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy won a small victory yesterday when it was announced that the Paris appeals court has suspended an investig(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapi(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

French businessman Bernard Tapie. Despite a tax break worth tens of millions of euros granted by Nicolas Sarkozy’s former budget minister, he has again claimed he is a victim. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Reuters

Most people, if awarded €405 million in what magistrates have since called a “sham arbitration”, would probably have paid the 33.3 per cent corporate (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been cleared of the “unfair” and “abominable” – in the words of his friends – allegation that he abused the senile dementia of Fra(...)