Two-thirds of the French are happy with the appointment of Christine Lagarde as head of the ECB

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The new leadership team of the European Union is rather well received by the French, as 51% say they trust him.


Christine Lagarde on April 10, 2019 in Washington. (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

After 48 hours of trading, European leaders agreed on Tuesday (July 2) to cast their European Union: German Minister Ursula von der Leyen was in charge of the Commission presidency, while France's Christine Lagarde was chosen for direct the European Central Bank (ECB).

The presidency of the European Council will be occupied by the Belgian liberal prime minister Charles Michel, while the Spanish socialist minister Josep Borrell will inherit the post of high representative for foreign affairs.

For the first time, two women have been nominated in key positions. For most French (53%), "it's a good thing," reveals an Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting * survey for Franceinfo and Le Figaro on Thursday 4 July. Only 7% of respondents condemn this decision.

Overall, this new team is well received, with 51% believing it, against 48% who don't trust it. A rather good result, while the European Union does not dream of most of today's French. In fact, it is "a source of hope" for only 30% of them, against 61% in 2003.

Christine Lagarde is always popular

The French are particularly "delighted" by the appointment of Christine Lagarde, says Odoxa-Consulting. Nearly two thirds of them (63%) have a good image of her.

Not a surprising proportion, because the former finance minister Nicolas Sarkozy has always been popular. When she was in Bercy (2007-2011), she received between 55% and 60% of positive opinions for a long time and reached 60% of positive opinions when she came to head the International Monetary Fund. Only his conviction for "negligence" in the Tapie case in 2016 has slightly lowered his popularity curve, states the electoral institute.

However, the French do not want it to resume a national political role. Seven out of ten think that he would not be a good president of the Republic, and 56% do not think he would be a good prime minister. Nevertheless, 72% of Republican supporters imagine Eliseo and 51% even believe that she could become a good president.

* Survey conducted on a sample of 1,004 French interviewed on the internet on 3 and 4 July 2019.

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