PARIS Dec 14 Stephane Richard, the head of
French telecoms group Orange, will not testify on
Wednesday at the trial on negligency charges of International
Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, said a lawyer for
The trial relates to Lagarde's approval in 2008, as then
finance minister, of a French state payout of 400 million euros
($425.44 million) to business tycoon Bernard Tapie.
Richard had been summoned to testify since he was chief of
staff to Lagarde at the time.
($1 = 0.9402 euros)
(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing
by Richard Balmforth)