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Will Macron Name IMF's Christine Lagarde Prime Minister?

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Minutes after Emmanuel Macron was declared the winner of France's presidential election Sunday speculation mounted he would name as prime minister International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

Easily one of the best-known faces of France worldwide, Lagarde, according to supporters, would be a bridge to international leaders for the relatively unknown Macron.

In addition, Lagarde enthusiasts say, the IMF chief would be an asset to Macron because of the wide circle of friends and contacts in the United States that she has cultivated since she became chairman of the Chicago-based Baker and Mackenzie law firm in 2004.

Despite the widespread attention given his election by the U.S. press, Macron, 39, is still little-known in the United States.

"Selecting Lagarde as prime minister would be smart," Laure Mandeville, veteran political reporter for the French publication Le Figaro and best-selling author, told Newsmax, "And it would bring lots of voters to his camp for the parliamentary election."

She was referring to the June elections for all 577 seats in the National Assembly. Macron, whose newly-formed En Marche! ("Forward") movement currently has no representatives in the Assembly but is fielding candidates in every constituency.

A former finance minister under center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2011, enthusiasts argue, Lagarde as prime minister would attract voters from the center and right to Macron's banner in the Assembly races.

Throughout the campaign, Macron emphasized that he would appoint more women to office and hinted he might tap a woman as prime minister. Other women mentioned include Sylvie Goulard, a member of the European Parliament from the centrist Democratic movement, and Anne-Marie Idrac, former secretary of state for transport in outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande's cabinet.

Other prospective prime ministers include Jean-Yves LeDrian, the popular defense minister in the Hollande government, and Lyon Mayor Gerard Collombe, another Socialist.

For now, however, most of the talk and speculation centers on Christine Lagarde.

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Minutes after Emmanuel Macron was declared the winner of France's presidential election Sunday speculation mounted he would name as prime minister International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.Easily one of the best-known faces of France worldwide,...
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