France to insist on ECB presidential role

France looks set to insist that the post of European Central Bank president goes to a French candidate despite the setback for its leading contender for the job, Bank of France governor Jean-Claude Trichet, EU sources said.

"Politically, it is too important for France to give up," one source said.

Sources conceded that the decision of the judge overseeing Trichet's trial on charges of false accounting to set a date of 18 June for the verdict poses problems for the French central banker, who is

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