Total set to face court over Iraq

FRENCH oil giant Total is to face a trial on charges of corruption during the United Nations oil-for-food programme in Iraq, a French judicial source said yesterday.

Total and its chief executive Christophe de Margerie are to face the French courts after a decision made by the case’s investigating magistrate, the source said.

The oil-for-food programme ran from 1996-2003 to allow the country to sell some of its oil, but the UN has said it caused widespread corruption.

Total said it was “confident” of being cleared of the allegations.