France's Chirac - Duisenberg must be out by 9 July

French President Jacques Chirac has made clear to top European officials that he does not want European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg to stay in office any longer than his scheduled summer leaving date of 9 July.

Duisenberg had told EU leaders in a letter written earlier this month that "should particular circumstances not allow" for him to leave on 9 July, he would be "willing - if so requested by the Heads of State and Government - to remain in office somewhat longer", but the French