Christine Lagarde

French court postpones Lagarde 'abuse' probe decision

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A French court Friday postponed a decision on opening a corruption probe into new IMF chief Christine Lagarde over her actions as a minister.

New IMF chief Lagarde tells staff she 'plans' to last five years

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As Christine Lagarde took over at IMF, transcript of earlier staff address oddly ends with "my plan is to stay with you for the next five years".

Lagarde's Net Salary As IMF Chief $468,000 Plus $84K Allowance

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Christine Lagarde, the new head of the International Monetary Fund, will make just under $468,000 in annual salary, plus an $84,000 allowance.

The Chicago gang behind Lagarde's appointment as IMF chief


French president Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the appointment of his former finance minister Christine Lagarde as IMF chief as a "victory for France". Philippe Ries begs to differ, and argues here why it was above all a success for the US administration in a savvy operation mounted by a clique of Obama advisors.

Why the US is the greatest threat to Lagarde at the IMF

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Christine Lagarde will start her first day in the job as IMF chief next Tuesday with three question marks hanging over her appointment.

Sarkozy to name new finance minister

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Rivalling ministers line-up for post of finance minister Wednesday after appointment of Christine Lagarde as International Monetary Fund chief.

Christine Lagarde named IMF chief

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French finance minister Christine Lagarde, 55, has been named the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

China Backs Lagarde for IMF Chief Post

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China has expressed support for French finance minister Christine Lagarde's bid to run the International Monetary Fund.

French prosecutor finds evidence that Lagarde 'obstructed law' in Tapie case


A senior Päris public prosecutor has found evidence suggesting French finance minister Christine Lagarde (photo), candidate to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund, acted in a manner of "obstructing the law" in the controversial arbitration procedure that awarded French tycoon Bernard Tapie 403 million euros of public funds in 2008. Mediapart has obtained exclusive access to a report prepared by prosecutor Jean-Louis Nadal, revealed here in full, in which he says Lagarde "constantly exercised her ministerial powers to reach the solution that favoured Bernard Tapie". Michel Deléan reports.

Exclusive: the secret report that could scupper Lagarde's bid to lead IMF

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French finance minister Christine Lagarde is hotly tipped to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested in New York last weekend on sex assault charges, as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mediapart has exclusively obtained a copy of a confidential report (pictured) by the French national audit office, the Court of Accounts, which we publish here and which could potentially scupper her candidacy to become IMF chief. It throws deep suspicion on Lagarde's role, already the object of legal moves for suspected "abuse of authority", in a massive out-of-court settlement of 403 million euros of public funds awarded to controversial French tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008. Laurent Mauduit reports.