Hollande’s Visit Emphasizes Unity between France and US

French President François Hollande travelled to the United States last week for an official State visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama, aiming to symbolize the renewal of French-American relations. Such a visit had not occurred since Former French President Jacques Chirac visited Bill Clinton in 1996. Hollande and Obama published a co-written article […]

Pierre Estoup, Referee Judge in the Tapie Affair, Indicted as Evidence Emerges

The latest chapter of the “Tapie Affair” is unfolding, based upon evidence and speculation that places the spotlight on Pierre Estoup, one of the three judges of the arbitration tribunal that presided over the case. At the age of 86, the former referee judge has been indicted for charges of fraud as evidence of a […]

Home of Christine Lagarde, IMF chief, most recent raid over the Tapie Affair

The house of Christine Lagarde, current head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and former Minister of Economy and Finance, was raided by French police on March 20. The raid on her Parisian home occurred as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale of Adidas sports equipment to the French bank, Crédit Lyonnais, known […]

Tapie Affair Continues to Raise Questions of Fraud

On Thursday, January 24 the houses of two prominent French businessmen were raided by police in Paris. The homes of chief executive of France Telecom SA Stéphane Richard and business tycoon Bernard Tapie were searched as part of an ongoing investigation into what is now well-known in France as the “Tapie Affair.” The legal drama […]