Bronfman, Messier Ordered To Stand Trial In France

Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Jean-Marie Messier have been ordered to stand trial in France on charges of stock manipulation. A ruling by Judge Jean-Marie d'Huy in Paris today (Thursday) came as a surprise after prosecutors had called for the case against the two to be dismissed. As head of Vivendi, Messier engineered the buyout of Seagram, the Canadian spirits company founded by the Bronfman family that then owned Universal Studios and Universal Records -- an expansion that saddled the French company with such heavy debt that it nearly collapsed under its weight.

22/10/2009


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