IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
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IMF's Christine Lagarde could face investigation

French judges are to rule on whether to open an inquiry into the former finance minister Christine Lagarde, now managing director of the IMF, over her handling of a high-profile scandal involving the disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie.

Prosecutors say Ms Lagarde abused her authority by intervening in a court battle between Mr Tapie and the former state-owned bank Crédit Lyonnais, but she denies any wrongdoing.

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

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