Just minutes after her appointment to the head of the IMF Tuesday, Christine Lagarde tackled Greece’s financial crisis head on, urging the opposition to unite the country by supporting the ruling party’s unpopular austerity programme.
REUTERS - French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde on Tuesday clinched the top job at the IMF, keeping the international lender in the hands of a European at a time of growing concern over a possible Greek debt default.
CHRISTINE LAGARDE IN PROFILE
"If I have one message tonight about Greece, it is to call on the Greek political opposition to support the party that is currently in power in a spirit of national unity," she told TF1 television.
Statement by Christine Lagarde after her selection
Lagarde said on Tuesday she was "completely unconcerned" by the case. A top French court has put off a decision on the matter until July 8.
January 1, 1956: Born in Paris.
1981: Joins Paris branch of Baker & McKenzie law firm.
1999: Leaves for Chicago, becomes chair of Baker & McKenzie’s executive committee.
2002: The Wall Street Journal ranks her fifth on a list of European businesswomen.
2005: Becomes minister of trade in Jacques Chirac’s cabinet.
2007: Becomes minister of agriculture in Nicolas Sarkozy’s cabinet.
2007: Named minister of finance.
May 25, 2011: Announces candidacy for chief of IMF.
June 28, 2011: Named first female IMF chief.
Challenges head for Christine Lagarde
In justifying why India had gone with Lagarde in the end, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Reuters it was in part because it wanted to be part of the concensus that had formed around her.
Date created : 2011-06-29