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IMF chief Christine Lagarde to appeal French trial decision

Published 17/12/2015

Christine Lagarde was finance minister at the time of the ruling
Christine Lagarde was finance minister at the time of the ruling

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde plans to appeal a decision to send her to trial over a 400 million euro (£290 million) payment made to French businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008.

Ms Lagarde, who was French finance minister at the time, denies any wrongdoing and said in a statement released by adviser Marc Vanghelder that she "always acted in this affair in the interest of the state and in respect of the law".

According to the statement, she considers "no charge can be attributed to her" and has asked her lawyers to launch an appeal over the earlier decision by the Court of Justice of the Republic to send her to trial.

It is a special court for trials of government ministers.

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