May 23, 2013
Pressure mounted on Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, today, when a French government minister said that she would have to resign if she was charged with corruption.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who holds the women’s rights portfolio, spoke out as Mrs Lagarde was questioned by magistrates over claims that she had squandered €403 million of taxpayers’ money in an illegal deal.
French news outlets say it is likely that the managing director of the IMF will be placed under investigation by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) – the equivalent of charging a suspect in the UK – for allegedly aiding and abetting embezzlement and fraud.
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