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EU to choose candidate to lead IMF from list of five - French official

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) - European Union governments are working to select one European candidate from a list of five names to succeed Christine Lagarde at the helm of the International Monetary Fund, a French official said on Friday.

The official said the candidates that EU states are considering are Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch former head of euro zone finance ministers; Nadia Calvino, the Spanish economy minister; Mario Centeno, the Portuguese chairman of euro zone finance ministers; Olli Rehn, the Finnish central bank governor; and Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, the chief executive of the World Bank.

France is leading the selection process for a European candidate. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Kevin Liffey)