Lagarde's lawyer to seek delay in French negligence trial

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.