(FILES) This file photo taken on October 21, 2014 shows the logo of French oil company headquarters Total, in La Defense business district, near Paris. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU
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French energy giant Total was ordered on appeal Friday to pay 750,000 euros for siphoning cash from the U.N. "oil-for-food" program that aided sanctions-hit Iraq under Saddam Hussein.The Swiss-based oil group Vitol was fined 300,000 euros ($330,000), on top of $17.5 million it has already been ordered to pay by a U.S. court. The court meted out fines ranging from 3,000 euros suspended to 100,000 euros to 11 defendants, while one was acquitted.A U.N. inquiry led by former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker alleged in 2005 that the 2,200 companies from 66 countries involved in the program had paid a total of $1.8 billion in kickbacks to win supply deals.
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