France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde used to run a Chicago law firm before she got a phone call asking her to join the French government.
Now as France's Finance Minister she is spearheading a series of economic reforms designed to get France working harder.
Owen Bennett-Jones asks her whether she will be able to influence a culture which traditionally values its civilised way of life above money.
And whether the financial crisis will block her progress.
First broadcast 18th July 2008
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