BRASILIA, Brazil — French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde met with her Brazilian counterpart Monday to promote her candidacy to head the International Monetary Fund and said she backed the institution’s reforms giving developing nations more of a voice in its operations.

But Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega said his country would examine all the candidates for the top job before throwing its support behind anyone. The only other declared candidate, Mexico’s central bank Governor Agustin Carstens, plans to visit Brazil later this week.

Lagarde has emerged as the favorite to replace former Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who quit after he was accused of sexually attacking a New York hotel maid.