Ex-Elf boss sent back to jail in France

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An ex-head of the French oil giant Elf was sent back to jail for six months on Monday for failing to pay adequate compensation to Total as ordered when he was freed in 2004, officials said.

Loik Le Floch-Prigent, who has already served two jail terms for corruption while head of Elf from 1989 to 1993, was placed in a jail in Fresnes, just south of Paris.

Several Elf senior managers were jailed after a corruption scandal that broke in the 1990s. The company was taken over by Total in 2000.

Le Floch-Prigent, who was first jailed for five months in 1996 for misuse of company assets, claimed at the time that the firm had been "considered as an arm of the state's foreign policy".

He was jailed again in 2003 on other charges and freed on probation in 2004 on health grounds, on condition that he pay compensation, at a rate based on his own revenues, to Total for the case involving Elf.

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