Lagarde pitches for IMF job

Lagarde pitches for IMF job

 

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde on Thursday made her case to become the next leader of the International Monetary Fund, vowing to promote reforms to make the power lender more representative of the global economy.

 

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French growth slows after strong start

The French economy should expand by 2.1 percent this year, but growth has already begun to slow after a strong pickup in the first quarter, the INSEE national statistics institute said on Thursday.

Italians bid to borrow Mona Lisa

Italians bid to borrow Mona Lisa

Authorities in Florence on Thursday asked the Louvre Museum to loan them Leonardo's closely-guarded Mona Lisa for an exhibit in 2013 – 100 years since the last time the work was displayed in Italy.

Academie rewards Algerian writer

Academie rewards Algerian writer

The Academie francaise, official guardian of the French language, said Thursday it will recognise 70 people in its 2011 round of prize giving, including Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra.

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Tuxedos launch Paris menswear shows

Tuxedos made their mark at the Paris menswear shows on Thursday, with Jean Paul Gaultier and Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton setting the tone.