NEWS
Mon Jan 21, 2013 02:57 PM CST

PARIS (Dow Jones) -- The trial of Total SA (TOT) and its Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie for alleged corruption and bribery in connection with the U.N.-led Oil-for-Food program in Iraq between the two Gulf wars opened Monday in a Paris court.

Total and its CEO reject the charges, a spokeswoman for the group said.

Total, de Margerie and 18 other companies and individuals are listed as defendants in the case. Some defendants Monday called into question the constitutionality of the charges, as the alleged wrongdoing would have occurred outside France. All are denying any wrongdoing.

The trial ...

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