Lagarde to 'lower testosterone at IMF'

7th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's Christine Lagarde, the top candidate to be the next IMF boss, joked Tuesday she would bring a lower level of testosterone to the scandal-hit institution.

Asked how she would manage the Washington-based lender whose work culture is under scrutiny in the wake of the resignation of former managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, she said she was a strong enough woman to cope.

"If I was elected as managing director I would stand on my feet as a woman, not necessarily with a pair of trousers, and certainly with a level of testosterone that would be lower than many in the room today," she joked with reporters in New Delhi.

The 55-year-old French finance minister, a former high-powered lawyer in a top US legal firm, was in India to try to overcome opposition from emerging countries to her candidacy for the vacant job at the International Monetary Fund.

Strauss-Kahn resigned last month after being accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.

In 2008, the Frenchman was scolded by the IMF for an inappropriate but consensual affair with a then-economist at the body's headquarters.

© 2011 AFP

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