Banking Frontiers

French central banker may be EU Commission­er

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Bank of France’s deputy governor Sylvie Goulard could become the next EU Commission­er. Her name was proposed for the position by French President Emmanuel Macron. An official of Bank of France said Macron chose the former European lawmaker for her experience and EU network. Goulard, 54, was an EU lawmaker from 2009 to 2017. She has been deeply involved in EU politics as far back as 1989, when she was part of the French foreign ministry team dealing with German reunificat­ion. A graduate of France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administra­tion, she served as political adviser to former European Commission President Romano Prodi between 2001 and 2004. She was also a French defense minister. The new Commission will start in November.

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