ECB to Act as Needed to Support Euro-Area Economy, Villeroy Says

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© Bloomberg. Francois Villeroy de Galhau, governor of the Bank of France, gestures while speaking during a Bloomberg Television interview at the French central bank and Global Interdependance Center (GIC) conference in Paris, France, on Monday, May 14, 2018. European Central Bank policy maker Villeroy said the first interest-rate increase could come “some quarters, but not years” after policy makers end their bond-buying program. © Bloomberg. Francois Villeroy de Galhau, governor of the Bank of France, gestures while speaking during a interview at the French central bank and Global Interdependance Center (GIC) conference in Paris, France, on Monday, May 14, 2018. European Central Bank policy maker Villeroy said the first interest-rate increase could come “some quarters, but not years” after policy makers end their bond-buying program.

(Bloomberg) — The European Central Bank has the determination and capacity to act as needed to support the euro-area economy, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said.

Asked about quantitative easing, Villeroy said in a CNBC interview that any action would depend on the data over the next few months. There is a “continuing slowdown” in the economy along with “significant” wage increases in the euro area and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic, he said.

“Let us wait for our next governing councils, and there are several to come, to assess the data and then to decide,” he said. “This is what I always call pragmatism.”

Current President Mario Draghi will preside over Governing Council meetings until his term ends on Oct. 31. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has been nominated to succeed him.

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“Christine Lagarde, after Jean-Claude Trichet, after Mario Draghi, will be a great president for the ECB and she will have my full support in the Governing Council,” Villeroy said.

ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Sunday that Lagarde was “uniquely qualified” for the job because of her knowledge of how the global economy and work and her ability to speak to .

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