C’est l’entretien du week end : Christine Lagarde au Guardian. Le quotidien britannique le résume par un titre : « c’est le moment de payer, n’espérez pas de compassion, dit Lagarde aux Grecs ».
« No, I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens. » She breaks off for a pointedly meaningful pause, before leaning forward.
« Do you know what? As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax. »
Even more than she thinks about all those now struggling to survive without jobs or public services? « I think of them equally. And I think they should also help themselves collectively. » How? « By all paying their tax. Yeah. »
It sounds as if she’s essentially saying to the Greeks and others in Europe, you’ve had a nice time and now it’s payback time.
« That’s right. » She nods calmly. « Yeah. »