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Lagarde says debt among IMF top concerns

Lagarde says debt among IMF top concerns

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Under pressure on many fronts, Christine Lagarde used her first news conference managing director of the International Monetary Fund to lay out her concerns and to suggest ways to shore up financial markets around the world.
MORAN ZHANG, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI
IMF names Lagarde madame chairman

IMF names Lagarde madame chairman

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The International Monetary Fund's executive board Tuesday named French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to replace disgraced director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
China backs Lagarde's IMF bid

China backs Lagarde's IMF bid

LONDON, June 27 (UPI) -- China's central bank Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan said he would support French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde's bid to run the International Monetary Fund.
Resumes left for IMF: Lagarde and Carstens

Resumes left for IMF: Lagarde and Carstens

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 14 (UPI) -- The International Monetary Fund said it had narrowed its choices for a new managing director to Agustin Carstens of Mexico and Christine Lagarde of France.

Lagarde, seeking IMF post, visits China

BEIJING, June 10 (UPI) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, seeking support to win the top job at the International Monetary Fund, said she was satisfied with her China trip.
Lagarde makes sense for IMF

Lagarde makes sense for IMF

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 26 (UPI) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde makes good sense to head the International Monetary Fund. She is experienced and well-qualified and, for now, leadership of the IMF should be kept in European hands.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Lagarde aims for IMF top post

Lagarde aims for IMF top post

PARIS, May 25 (UPI) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said she would pursue the top job at the International Monetary Fund, despite objections from emerging countries.
Europe's hold on IMF post challenged

Europe's hold on IMF post challenged

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Europe rallied around the French finance minister Sunday to take over the International Monetary Fund but was meeting resistance from emerging powers.
Favorite emerges for IMF leadership

Favorite emerges for IMF leadership

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has emerged as the leading candidate to take over leadership of the International Monetary Fund, observers said.
G20 to review seven economies

G20 to review seven economies

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Group of 20 nations meeting in Washington said they agreed to have seven major economies reviewed by the Intentional Monetary Fund for destabilizing policies.
Big crowds protest French pension change

Big crowds protest French pension change

PARIS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- France was rocked Saturday by another day of massive protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age.
Paris wants EDF and Areva to join forces

Paris wants EDF and Areva to join forces

PARIS, July 28 (UPI) -- The French government has called for closer cooperation between utility EDF and reactor maker Areva to help the country regain its leadership in the nuclear power sector.

Germany calls finance leaders to Berlin

BERLIN, May 20 (UPI) -- The German government hosted a meeting of finance leaders in Berlin Thursday, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel called for much stricter regulation to stabilize markets in Europe.

Greek bailout: Merkel plays tough to get

BERLIN, April 26 (UPI) -- Germany isn't ready to say "yes" to a eurozone bailout for Greece, demanding that the troubled country pledge further austerity measures.

German export muscle challenged in Europe

BRUSSELS, April 2 (UPI) -- The European Commission has called on its strongest exporters to increase domestic demand to keep the eurozone's economy in balance among member states.
EU fund proposal meets subdued reaction

EU fund proposal meets subdued reaction

BERLIN, March 9 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday establishing a fund to help European Union countries with low-cost loans would require a change to the EU treaty.

Sarkozy names new EDF head

PARIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The favorite candidate of French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be named new head of EDF to steer the utility through nuclear expansion and a cost-cutting program.

Arab states race for nuclear power

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Amid the gathering storm over Iran's controversial nuclear ambitions, the race is on among Arab states to build nuclear power plants of their own, opening up immense trade opportunities for the industrialized world as well as the specter of proliferation.

G20 punts on bank bonuses

LONDON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Finance ministers from the Group of 20, meeting in London, failed to agree Saturday on compensating bankers to reward them for long-term performance.

France, Britain differ on bankers' bonuses

LONDON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Britain and France disagree on how to limit big bonuses for bankers, which both countries hold partially responsible for the financial crisis, analysts say.
Sarkozy discharged from hospital

Sarkozy discharged from hospital

PARIS, July 27 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy was discharged from a military hospital in Paris Monday where he was taken after fainting during a run.
ECB president backs the U.S. dollar

ECB president backs the U.S. dollar

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 6 (UPI) -- European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said he was "very clear" in his support of the U.S. dollar as the primary central bank reserve currency.
Sarkozy, Iraqi VP to meet in Paris

Sarkozy, Iraqi VP to meet in Paris

PARIS, April 15 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Adel Abd Mahdi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy prepared Wednesday for bilateral discussions in Paris, officials said.
France considering stimulus package

France considering stimulus package

PARIS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The French government is considering an economic stimulus package for 2009 to soften the effects of a recession, a top government official said.

ECB rate cut falls short, France says

PARIS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said the European Central Bank's lending rate cut this week wasn't good enough.
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