French oil giant Total and its chief executive were acquitted on Monday in the UN oil-for-food scandal under Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.
The Paris criminal court also cleared 17 other defendants and Swis
The United States hopes the UN Security Council will lift restrictions on the import of nuclear technology to Iraq, even though Baghdad has not ratified a UN agreement on tough atomic inspections.
At a meeting on Wednesd
Total has been placed under formal investigation in an eight-year-old case over suspected bribery relating to the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme during Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, it said.
A French crimin