France 'targeting Commission presidency' in new EU appointments

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The French government is aiming to place one of its nationals as EU Commission president after incumbent Jean-Claude Junker leaves the post this year, in preference to competing for the presidency of the European Central Bank, also due for a new head, according to informed sources cited by news agency Reuters.

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France will push for the presidency of the European Commission rather than the European Central Bank when top EU jobs come up for negotiations later this year, according to three sources briefed on discussions over the matter, reports Reuters.