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French minister tipped to succeed Strauss-Kahn as head of IMF now facing prosecution over financial sleaze

By Peter Allen

Last updated at 11:18 AM on 26th May 2011

Alleged she awarded £270m payout to party supporter
Judges will decide whether to prosecute by June 10th
Ms Lagarde's bid for IMF job backed by UK government

Glamorous: Christine Lagarde had been tipped to succeed Dominique Strauss-Khan at the IMF
The glamorous French minister hoping to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund was today facing prosecution for financial sleaze.

Christine Lagarde, a 55-year-old former lawyer and synchronised swimmer, is being investigated for abusing her position to help a controversial businessman.

She is said to have awarded some £270million to Bernard Tapie, a convicted football match fixer and tax dodger who supported her governing UMP party.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391073/Christine-La...