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Christine Lagarde: being the unlikely candidate has consistently been the making of her. Photograph: Saul Loeb

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Christine Lagarde said last year when asked if she was interested in running the European Central Bank (ECB). What she meant(...)

 Christine Lagarde’s  lack of economic training and financial markets experience have raised questions as she heads to Frankfurt.  Photograph:  Saul Loeb/Getty

The “Lagarde effect” on the markets was quick and dramatic. Longer-term interest rates – for which the benchmark is borrowing costs on government bond(...)

Moe the bartender in The Simpsons: cute questioning. Illustration: Fox via Getty

In a 1999 episode of The Simpsons, Moe the bartender asks some European visitors about life in their faraway continent. “To be honest,” says a goatee-(...)

Funding allegations: Muammar Gadafy with Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning about alleged Libyan financing of his 2007 presid(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of surpassing the €22.5m legal ceiling on campaign expenditure by spending at least €42.8m on his 2012 campaign. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to appeal a judge’s decision to send him for trial with 13 other people for the illegal financing of Mr(...)

Managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde stands before the start of her trial about a state payout in 2008 to a French businessman, at the courts in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Christine Lagarde swept into the courtroom on Monday glamorous and suntanned, wearing a glittering brooch and a glittering smile. The director of the(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicans political party and former French president, leaves his campaign headquarters in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The former president and 2017 presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy could be fined €3,750 and imprisoned for a year if, as recommended by the Paris p(...)

Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund, will be tried by a panel of six deputies from the National Assembly, six senators and three magistrates. If convicted, she could in theory be sentenced to up to a year in prison and a €15,000 fine. Photograph:  EPA

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, will stand trial for negligence for allowing a sham arbitration to award €405 mill(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: accused of negligence as then French finance minister by improperly signing off on a decision to allow a rare out-of-court arbitration in a dispute between Bernard Tapie and the state. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

France’s highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a €400 milli(...)

Christine Lagarde: no challengers have emerged for the top IMF job

The International Monetary Fund said it plans an open selection process for its top job and will begin accepting nominations on Thursday, even though(...)

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