Trichet casts loans blame on ex-minister at trial

French central bank governor Jean-Claude Trichet claimed on Wednesday that former finance minister Pierre Beregovoy ignored a series of warnings over risky loans which almost brought down the then state-owned Credit Lyonnais bank in the early 1990s.

Mr Trichet, on trial with eight others, is charged with complicity in the publication of misleading accounts at Credit Lyonnais 10 years ago. On Wednesday he gave evidence for the first time in a case whose outcome could make or break his hopes of