New leader for International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, has been selected to be the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
France has held this position for 26 of the past 33 years. So it's "as you were" with one notable, pretty obvious difference.
Christine Lagarde is a woman. She was the first woman to become the finance minister of a G7 country and will now resign her post within the French government to become the first woman to head the IMF.
But such is the respect with which this former lawyer is held internationally it has come as little surprise. She's been the point on many European financial issues in recent years, she is a fluent English speaker and once she had picked up the endorsements of India and China, her confirmation as the new IMF chief was a formality.
There's an unwritten rule that Europe takes the IMF, the United States heads its sister organisation the World Bank. The developing countries want a bigger say but this is a critical time for Europe with Greece on the brink. The EU and the IMF is demanding unprecedented cuts to guarantee the continued funding of last year's bailout package and Europe wants one of its own at the helm. Ms Lagarde is straight in at the deep end. They voted for her knowing she is more than capable - but what a challenge.
Christian Fraser, BBC News, Paris
notable / destacada
been the point
algo casi seguro
an unwritten rule
un acuerdo aceptado pero no oficial
a critical time
un momento crítico, muy importante (que podría afectar el futuro)
on the brink
al borde (de)
at the helm
a cargo de
in at the deep end
(se metió) de lleno en lo más difícil