Court backs probe that hurts ECB hopeful Trichet

FRANCE - A French court refused on Thursday to scrap a banking scandal inquiry that is hurting Paris's hopes of making Bank of France Governor Jean-Claude Trichet president of the European Central Bank, a lawcourts official said.

In what legal experts regard as another setback for Trichet, a judge rejected pleas to cancel a vast judicial probe into the near collapse of France's Credit Lyonnais bank in the early 1990s, where Trichet and others are being pursued.

The ruling, dismissing procedural