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French judge opens investigation of fourth Total executive

[JURIST] A French judge has begun an investigation of a Middle East official for oil company Total based on suspicions that the company used bribes to gain access to new markets. Alain Le Chevalier is the fourth Total executive facing legal proceedings brought by judge Philippe Courroye (profile in French from L'Express), who began investigating the company in 2002 on allegations of money laundering to enable the company to pay bribes to gain access to Russia and Iraq. AP has more.

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