Who is Christine Lagarde?

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, 55, is the first woman to head the IMF.

A medal-winning member of France's synchronized swimming team as a teenager and the first female chairman of US law firm Baker MacKenzie, Lagarde won respect in the markets during the global financial crisis and helped promote France's negotiating clout in key forms like the Group of 20.

A flawless English speaker, Lagarde was voted best finance minister in Europe by the Financial Times in 2009.

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Strauss-Kahn, power broker in Paris and Washington

Timeline of events in Strauss-Kahn case

Key dates in life of IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

Sex Case

Strauss-Kahn faces new sexual assault suit

A French novelist will file a criminal complaint on Tuesday accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, her lawyer said, throwing fresh uncertainty into a fierce national debate about whether the former International Monetary Fund chief can return to his country's presidential race.

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