Eurogroup's Rato supports Trichet as ECB head

FRANCE - Rodrigo Rato, chairman of the group of EU finance ministers, on Thursday said the next president of the European Central Bank should be French and signalled his support to put Bank of France Governor Jean-Claude Trichet in the top job.

Voicing a growing consensus among euro zone states, Spanish Economy Minister Rato said in a newspaper interview that France had the right to pick a successor to Wim Duisenberg when the Dutchman steps down as ECB president in July 2003.

Rato, who chairs m

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