If chosen as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde will bring hard-working professionalism, straight talk and an ability to achieve objectives without bullying, according to The Economist. At times, she seems more international than French. "There is something about her straight-talking, business-like approach that has never been fully appreciated by the score-settling, rumour-mongering world of French politics," the magazine noted. "It took her growing reputation abroad to finally win her respect at home."
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