French minister tipped to succeed Strauss-Kahn as head of IMF now facing prosecution over financial sleazeSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:22
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.