Lagardere denies wrongdoing after Le Monde reports ongoing investigation

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PARIS — French media giant Lagardere denied any wrongdoing after daily newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday a judicial investigation into the company was underway to look into potential infractions including false accounting and vote buying.

Le Monde said a judicial investigation had been launched in April, leading to the appointment of a judge on the matter.

“The company acts within the law and will vigorously defend itself against any contrary allegation,” Lagardere said in a short statement on Saturday.

Lagardere has been at odds recently with several shareholders including hedge fund Amber Capital which earlier this year filed a complaint. The dispute has been resolved since.

It is transforming itself into a joint-stock company, unraveling an arcane structure that had caused strife with shareholders.

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont Editing by Frances Kerry)