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Scandal-hit French tycoon Tapie announces return to politics

French businessman Bernard Tapie, pictured on November 15, 2013, will return to politicsFrench tycoon Bernard Tapie, embroiled in a scandal that has seen IMF chief Christine Lagarde ordered to stand trial, on Sunday announced he was returning to politics. The flamboyant businessman, 72, said he was responding to the “alarm” signalled by France’s recent regional elections, which saw the far-right National Front (FN) record their best-ever results in the first round before failing to win a single region in the second. “I’ve decided to return to politics,” the former Adidas owner told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, nearly two decades after vowing never to do just that.

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