IMF chief La­garde in court to face trial over ‘neg­li­gence’

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PARIS | In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund chief Chris­tine La­garde pro­claimed her in­no­cence in a Paris court Mon­day at the start of her trial on ac­cu­sa­tions of neg­li­gence for al­low­ing a huge pay­out to a well-con­nected busi­ness­man when she served in the French gov­ern­ment.

Ms. La­garde told the court she does “not feel guilty of any neg­li­gence what­so­ever” and that she “acted in con­science and con­fi­dence, in the gen­eral in­ter­est of pub­lic af­fairs.” She took notes as the judge summed up the years­long le­gal saga that led to charges against her. She faces up to a year in prison if con­victed.

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