Tuesday 12 December 2017

William Langley: The disarming charm of Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde. Photo: Reuters
International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde. Photo: Reuters

WHERE did Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, learn to reduce grown men – notably the BBC's Robert Peston – to mush?

Perhaps it is the suggestive way in which she talks of the need for a “harmonised approach to bank recapitalisation”, or how she makes an appeal for “effective fiscal disciplinary standards” sound like a summons to le boudoir.



Like many strong men before him, business editor Robert Peston, has fallen under the spell of the silvery-coiffed head of the International Monetary Fund, the clatter of whose heels echoes through the corridors of global power like an excited heartbeat.

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