The stainless reputation of the new International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Christine Lagarde, is to be tested by a French court investigation.
A French court has decided to investigate new IMF chief Christine Lagarde's role in a $400m (£244 million) arbitration deal in favour of a controversial tycoon.
Duchess Catherine has been named one of the world's best dressed women.
Successful women are forever judged on their appearance. So why shouldn't men suffer the same fate, asks Harriet Walker
Organisation reveals it has been under assault for months
The International Monetary Fund yesterday delivered a powerful endorsement of the Chancellor's strategy to reduce government borrowing – but warned that ministers may need to cut taxes and the Bank of England will have to inject more money into he economy if "major risks materialise". This is the nearest that any international body has come to suggesting a "Plan B" may be needed. The level of unemployment in Britain is, the IMF added, "unacceptable", and it also pointed to inflation and the fragility of the banks as "significant risks".
Emerging economies object to 'carve-up' but do not have a strong candidate to replace Strauss-Kahn
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has announced she will seek the top job at the International Monetary Fund.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been widely praised for his leadership of the Intentional Monetary Fund and its involvement in solving Europe's woes, resigned today to devote "all his energy" to fighting sexual assault charges in New York.
Gordon Brown's hopes of becoming head of the International Monetary Fund are fading as he struggles to win support at home and abroad.
The Monday Interview: France's image abroad has not always been enhanced by Nicolas Sarkozy. Which makes Christine Lagarde's value to her country all the greater. John Lichfield met her
Almost four years after taking office, President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to become the President of France. That is to say, he has been instructed by his advisers that his hopes of re-election next spring will increase enormously if he acts in a more "presidential" manner.
The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has asked his sports minister Roselyne Bachelot to meet with the key people involved in the bitter national team row which has wrecked their World Cup chances.
The Saturday Column
Europe's governments struggled to mask sharp differences yesterday even as they backed new sanctions for indebted countries in the battle to prevent a debt crisis from spiralling into an emergency that threatens the very survival of the euro.
There is no word for "grandeur" in English. That's what we're up against over here. They have Versailles, we have Buckingham Palace. They have the Louvre, we have the National Gallery. They have the Elysée Palace, we have Downing Street. They have Christine Lagarde, we have (to cheat a bit) Vince Cable.