Christine Lagarde: Meteoric rise clouded by Tapie affair

Christine Lagarde became the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund after taking the helm in July 2011Four years ago Christine Lagarde smashed through the glass ceiling at one of the world’s leading institutions, becoming the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund. The silver-haired French lawyer and former finance chief under then-president Nicolas Sarkozy has seen her popularity in France hit a peak and some see hints of political ambitions. Lagarde, 59, has brushed aside the chatter, saying she is open to another five-year term as IMF managing director when her current one expires next July.

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