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(Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc's shares were down less than 1 percent in early trading on Friday, with at least one analyst saying that initial reaction to the first fatality involving its Autopilot system was based more on perception than reality. The incident, in which a man driving a Tesla Model S was killed in a collision with a truck in Florida, has prompted an investigation by federal highway safety regulators, the U.S. government and Tesla said on Thursday. Tesla said in a blog post that the crash was the first in the more than 130 million miles that the semi-autonomous driving system has been used.
A French prosecutor on Friday said IMF chief Christine Lagarde should stand trial for her handling of a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008 when she was France's finance minister. The prosecutor recommended the rejection of a challenge by Lagarde to a December court order for her to stand trial for negligence in the affair, which saw Tapie receive 404 million euros ($433 million) in taxpayer money. If the order is upheld, Lagarde, 60, will be tried in the Law Court of the Republic, which handles cases concerning offences committed by sitting government ministers.