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Lagarde May Stake French Claim as First Female IMF Chief

France may have to rely on Christine Lagarde’s track record as a euro crisis fighter if she’s to become the International Monetary Fund’s first female chief after the resignation of her compatriot Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Lagarde, 55, has the negotiating skills and an understanding of Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis needed for the post, say analysts including Charles Grant at the Centre for European Reform. IMF shareholders will assess if those qualities are enough to allow France to keep the job for itself after securing four out of the 10 managing directors since 1946.