What’s at Stake in Christine Lagarde’s French Trial

On Monday at 2 p.m., one of the world’s most powerful women goes on trial. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, will face a special tribunal, the Cour de Justice, over her handling of a dispute dating from her time as France’s finance minister. Though a prison sentence is theoretically possible if Lagarde is found guilty, the case isn’t seen as something that will affect her day job. She denies the charges.

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