September 14, 2018 / 8:35 AM / 2 months ago

German EU Commissioner calls for French ECB president after Draghi

European Union Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger holds a news conference to present the EU executive's final proposal for the bloc's next long-term budget, in Brussels, Belgium, May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is in favor of a French person taking the helm at the European Central Bank when President Mario Draghi’s term expires in October 2019, a German newspaper reported.

“It would be best to have a German European Commission President and a clever Frenchman as head of the ECB,” business daily Handelsblatt cited Oettinger as saying.

Reporting by Michelle Martin,; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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