EU Supports French Socialist to Head IMF

Choice of former finance minister a victory for Sarkozy
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 6:34 PM CDT
EU Supports French Socialist to Head IMF
Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives for the second of three regional debates in Paris, in this Oct. 26, 2006 file photo. The European Union on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 chose France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn to head the International Monetary Fund. Portugal, which leads talks between all 27 EU nations, said...   (Associated Press)

A former French finance minister has the inside track to become the next chief of the IMF. EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels today settled on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a Socialist who served in the cabinet of Francois Mitterrand. The choice was another coup for Nicolas Sarkozy, who managed at once to remove a political rival and place a Frenchman at the helm of the IMF.

The British were less thrilled; they had pushed to open up the nominating process to other members, ending the tradition that the US chooses the head of the World Bank and the EU the IMF. The Times of London calls Strauss-Kahn a pro-market modernizer who's not afraid to challenge Socialist sacred cows like the 35-hour work week. (More International Monetary Fund stories.)

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