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Britain Backs French Candidate For IMF Boss

Post by Isakenaz on Sun May 22, 2011 2:37 am

Britain's Chancellor George Osborne has backed France's finance minister for the top job at the International Monetary Fund.

Mr Osborne said 55-year-old Christine Lagarde was the "outstanding candidate" for the post and "Britain will back her."

Ms Lagarde - a former synchronised swimmer and lawyer - is one of France's most popular right wing politicians and is already the bookmaker's favourite.

A right-wing candidate, how suprising.

"We support her because she's the best person for the job, but I also personally think it would be a very good thing to see the first female managing director of the IMF in its 60-year history."

Oh yeah, of course.

Meanwhile, at home Mrs Lagarde faces a full judicial review over her role in a court case involving controversial French tycoon Bernard Tapie.

In 2003 she intervened in a 15-year legal dispute between Mr Tapie and Credit Lyonnais Bank - he later received a £248m out-of-court settlement.

Perfect!! No

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