France backs Trichet, but Lemierre in wings-paper

FRANCE - Bank of France Governor Jean-Claude Trichet remains France's choice to succeed Wim Duisenberg as president of the European Central Bank, but another Frenchman Jean Lemierre, head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is an "option," French finance ministry sources have told Les Echos.

In its Apr 10 edition, the French newspaper also quoted a finance ministry official as describing a Financial Times report on Apr 9 that Lemierre might replace Trichet as France's

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