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Lagarde's lawyer to seek delay in French negligence trial

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference in Washington. Christine Lagarde is taking time off her day job solving the world's financial crises to face trial Monday, accused of looking the other way while the French state handed $425 million to a tycoon close to the president. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference in Washington. Christine Lagarde is taking time off her day job solving the world's financial crises to face trial Monday, accused of looking the other way while the French state handed $425 million to a tycoon close to the president. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file picture, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference in Washington. Christine Lagarde is taking time off her day job solving the world's financial crises to face trial Monday, accused of looking the other way while the French state handed $425 million to a tycoon close to the president. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file picture, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference in Washington. Christine Lagarde is taking time off her day job solving the world's financial crises to face trial Monday, accused of looking the other way while the French state handed $425 million to a tycoon close to the president. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde arrives at the special Paris court, France, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Lagarde is due to appear in a special court Monday when the trial opens in the case which dates to her time as French finance minister in 2008. The trial is due to last until Dec. 20. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde arrives at the special Paris court, France, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Lagarde is due to appear in a special court Monday when the trial opens in the case which dates to her time as French finance minister in 2008. The trial is due to last until Dec. 20. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says he wants a delay in a high-profile trial in which she's accused of negligence for allowing a huge handout to a well-connected businessman.

Lagarde faces up to a year in prison if convicted in the case, which dates to her time as French finance minister. She contests the charges.

Lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve said on Europe-1 radio that he will seek a postponement when the proceedings open Monday, arguing that it doesn't make sense for Lagarde to go on trial while a separate investigation in the case is still underway.

The case revolves around a $425 million arbitration deal given to tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008 over the botched sale of sportswear maker Adidas in the 1990s.