France supporting EBRD's Lemierre for IMF

Paris and Berlin agreed Monday that a decision should be made quickly on naming a new head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that, as in the past, the person should be a European. A press report earlier said France would propose Jean Lemierre for the top job at the Fund.

In talks in Berlin as part of the regular Franco-German economic consultations, German Finance Minister Hans Eichel and his French counterpart Francis Mer insisted that the next IMF chief should be from Europe

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