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Christine Lagarde on stage at Le Web 08, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

And so, just like in 2006, we have a surprise French politician, the finance minister, Christine Lagarde.

She’s been talking about the French economic bailout plan, and then moving onto entrepreneurship. It’s of more interest to the French people here, with some talk of making it easier to set up a company officially, using a two-screen online process, and other streamlining for business.

However, she put out an appeal for us bloggers to undermine the cliché that the French are a race of lazy, conservative civil servants. What do you think?