IMF must look into report on its chief - France

PARIS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund’s ethics committee and board needs to look into a report alleging its chief Kristalina Georgieva applied pressure in China’s favour on staff while at the World Bank, a French Finance Ministry source said on Friday.

“It’s a serious subject. The independent report is not a judgment and the IMF’s ethics committee and board must study the report, listen to the managing director and present its conclusions,” the source said.

“It’s on this basis that France will be able to fully evaluate the situation,” the source said in reaction to the report.

Georgieva has said she disagrees “fundamentally with the findings and interpretations” of the report and has briefed the IMF’s executive board. (Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Jon Boyle)