Quote:The head of the International Monetary Fund who controversially proposed that struggling Greeks should pay taxes contributes nothing herself to the public purse.
Christine Lagarde openly criticised citizens of the ailing EU country in an interview last week, but it has now emerged that the former French lawyer takes home every penny of her own £298,675 a year salary.
In addition the IMF managing director also receives a tax-free allowance package of £52,000 a year.
Ms Lagarde told the Guardian that she believes children in Niger with little schooling deserve the fund's money more than people in Athens.
She continued: '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.'
She added: 'I think they should also help themselves collectively. By all paying their tax.'
Lagarde also criticised Greek citizens 'who are trying to escape tax,' and said the country needs to club together to make more of an effort to solve its economic problems.