Charles Pasqua en Iraq oil-for-food trial opens in France The oil-for-food program operated in Iraq between 1996 and 2003 and was meant to ease the suffering of the Iraqi people by allowing the country to sell some of its oil, despite the embargo imposed after the first Gulf War.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Charles Pasqua Mitterrand–Pasqua affair France Iraq Global Economy Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737444 at French court acquits oil giant Total, top officials of corruption in Iraq oil-for-food program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS - A French court on Monday acquitted oil giant Total SA, its chief executives and a raft of former French officials of corruption-related charges linked to the scandal-ridden U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq.</p> <p>The across-the-board acquittal in the high-profile case came after a decade-long French investigation — and despite widespread international accusations that the U.N. program was rife with corruption and was thwarted to benefit Saddam Hussein's government.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Charles Pasqua Oil-for-Food Programme The Canadian Press Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:31:19 +0000 The Canadian Press 5878414 at