June 26, 1993 |
Jacques Attali, the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development who was assailed for spending more on the bank than on its impoverished Eastern European clients, resigned Friday. The bank was set up by more than 50 nations to channel money into former Soviet Bloc countries that now are trying to create market-based economies.
August 30, 1987 |
This is a biography of one of the great merchant bankers of our generation, Siegmund Warburg. The author, Jacques Attali, is, at age 42, the closest adviser of France's president, Francois Mitterrand. Attali obviously admires Warburg greatly, calling him "the prince of finance, the adventurer of the century." The Warburgs are a Sephardic Jewish family which settled in northern Germany in the early 16th Century.
September 23, 2001 |
In the wake of Sept. 11, rage is the order of the day. The avalanche of daily news provides riveting, if sketchy, details, but the historical and contextual frame that might offer genuine insight is largely missing or shattered. Pundits offer sound-bite pronunciamentos, shedding little light; the politics of hysteria banish sobriety. Wisdom is scarce. The specter of war looms. Questions abound: Why was such slaughter visited upon us, by whom and to what purpose? How did we come to this place?
August 19, 1993 |
Frenchman Appointed to Head European Bank: Jacques de Larosiere was named new president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The governor of the Bank of France brings an austere reputation to the East European development bank that differs greatly from that of his predecessor, Jacques Attali. As head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund for eight years in the 1980s, De Larosiere, 63, won plaudits around the globe for his handling of the world debt crisis.
April 7, 2007 |
A French judge has ordered 42 people, including a son of late President Francois Mitterrand, to stand trial over a $790-million scandal involving arms sales to Angola, judicial officials said. Arms traders Pierre Falcone, a Frenchman, and Israeli national Arkady Gaydamak are accused of paying a network of political contacts to favor their activities in the African country. Both will be tried in absentia; both deny wrongdoing. Falcone is accused of selling arms to Angola in 1993 and 1994.