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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(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund smiles during her opening news conference at the start of the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington today. Photograph: Reuters

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a French magistrate in May over an arbitration payment made to a weal(...)

French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs during the Echo music awards ceremony in Berlin last week. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Nearly 11 months have passed since François Hollande trounced Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential election. Yet if one is judged by medi(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: “Believes the treatment that has been meted out to him has been disgraceful,” says lawyer

Nicolas Sarkozy and his supporters launched a counter-offensive yesterday after a Bordeaux judge placed the former French president under inves(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: under French law a formal investigation is the final step before a suspect is accused of a crime. Photograph: Jacques Brinon

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation yesterday for “abuse of weakness” in a 2007 party funding case in(...)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde photographed arriving for the Frankfurt Finance Summit in Frankfurt on Monday. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

French authorities have conducted a search the Paris flat of IMF head Christine Lagarde. The search, carried out today, was conducted as(...)

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at Dijon city hall on the three “blockages” that are crippling France. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer (Reuters)

Before he died on February 13th, Djamal Chaar wrote to a local newspaper in Nantes to complain he had been refused unemployment benefits to whi(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.

The pensions paid to former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern rank among the highest in Europe, according to data compiled by (...)

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