Eighteen months of agony for ECB hopeful Trichet

FEATURE - As Wim Duisenberg announces the date when he will step down Bank of France Governor Jean-Claude Trichet has 18 months to fulfil France's dream that he will take Duisenberg's seat as president of the European Central Bank, the most powerful central banker this side of the Atlantic.

The ECB's announcement on Thursday that Dutchman Duisenberg would bow out on July 9, 2003, abruptly set the clock ticking for Trichet, a veteran widely admired by financial markets but who also has some

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