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Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence.

After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.

Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union.

As a member of the G-20, Christine Lagarde was involved in the Group's management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system.

In 2009, Christine Lagarde was ranked the 17th most influential woman in the world by Forbes magazine, the 5th best European executive woman by The Wall Street Journal Europe, and became one of Time magazine’s top-100 world leaders. The Financial Times named her European Finance Minister of 2009.

Christine Lagarde was named Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur in July 2000.

A former member of the French national team for synchronized swimming, Christine Lagarde is the mother of two sons.

Blog Entries by Christine Lagarde

An Open and Diverse Economy to Benefit All Algerians

(38) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM

I was in Algiers last week, my first time as the Managing Director of the IMF. It was a good visit: we reaffirmed the special partnership between Algeria and the IMF, and I was able to gain a deeper insight into Algeria's aspirations -- and also its challenges in reaching...

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What We Can Do to Improve Women's Economic Opportunities

(111) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Today, I invite all of you to celebrate International Women's Day. Let's celebrate the incredible progress women have made over the past decades in different parts of society, playing a key role in economic life that our grandmothers worked for and dreamed about. Today, although men still dominate the executive...

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Qué podemos hacer para mejorar las oportunidades económicas de la mujer

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Hoy, les invito a todos a celebrar el Día Internacional de la Mujer. Celebramos los increíbles avances realizados por las mujeres en las últimas décadas en distintos sectores de la sociedad, desempeñando en la vida económica un papel clave por el que lucharon y en el que soñaron nuestras abuelas....

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Potenciar el éxito de América Latina

(29) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 2:08 PM

La semana próxima viajaré a América Latina, por segunda vez desde noviembre de 2011. Regreso con renovado optimismo, ya que gran parte de América Latina continúa la importante transformación que comenzó hace una década. La región sigue resistiendo los estallidos recientes de volatilidad a escala mundial, y muchos países continúan...

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Building on Latin America's Success

(20) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:59 PM

Next week, I will travel to Latin America--my second visit to the region since November 2011. I return with increased optimism, as much of Latin America continues its impressive transformation that started a decade ago. The region remains resilient to the recent bouts in global volatility, and many countries continue...

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Sendai: A Tale of Natural Disaster, Resilience and Recovery

(18) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Japan was struck, in the mid-afternoon of Friday, March 11, 2011, by the country's largest ever recorded earthquake. Within an hour, parts of Japan's northeast coast were hit by a wall of water that swept away cars, boats, trains, buildings, roads -- and thousands of lives.

It was with humility...

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The Arab Spring, One Year On

(67) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Almost one year ago, countries in the Middle East region embarked upon a historical transformation. Today, the state of play remains uncertain, with the setbacks and intensity of disruptions larger than expected. Here, I am thinking especially of the deplorable loss of life in places like Libya, Syria, and Yemen....

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Resolve and Determination: How We Get Out of This Together

(132) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:12 PM

This past weekend, 187 countries came together in Washington D.C. to focus on the economic crisis facing the world.

They were here for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the IMF and World Bank, at which finance ministers and central bank governors mix with businesspeople, civil society, labor leaders,...

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