Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi. They both agree central banks should step in if inflation is weak. Photograph: Getty Images

Christine Lagarde is the surprise nominee to be the next president of the European Central Bank, the body that sets monetary policy for one-fifth of t(...)

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 will be formally appointed in October. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB), after the region’s finance ministers for(...)

Mark Carney: he has run the Bank of England since 2013, and is scheduled to leave at the end of January.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European governments are actively discussing nominating Bank of England governor Mark Carney as the next head of the International Monetary Fund, acco(...)

Bernard-Henri Lévy. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu/Getty

Never afraid of a flourish, Bernard-Henri Lévy is as strong in his defence of the Israeli army, the EU and interventionism as he is critical o(...)

Harvey Weinstein with his former lawyer Benjamin Brafman in December 2018. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

As the great and the good of the film world gathered in the mountain town of Park City in Utah late last month for the Sundance Film Festival there wa(...)

Delacroix: a detail from July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People. Courtesy of the Louvre, Paris

France had not held a major retrospective of Eugène Delacroix’s work since the centenary of his death in 1963. An exhibition at the Louvre this spring(...)

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

“The Berezina of the Socialist Party” was the term widely used to describe the defeat of the former ruling party in Sunday’s French legislative electi(...)

Emmanuel Macron and  Brigitte Trogneux  celebrate Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The woman who is likely to become first lady of France on May 7th is a 64-year-old former French teacher who met her husband when she was 40 and he wa(...)

Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde in court in Paris last week. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, has been declared guilty of “negligence . . . leading to the misappropriation of (...)

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