George S. King was named counsel to the New York State Common Retirement Fund by H. Carl McCall, state comptroller and sole trustee of the $120 billion, Albany-based fund. Mr. King replaces John Black, who resigned in November. Mr. King has a long history in state government and was a member of the state parole board for the past 10 years. Separately, Mr. McCall was scheduled to lead a round table discussion in Paris today. The meeting, to be held at the French Foreign Relations Institute, was to discuss pension funds role in the global economy, particularly in the management of foreign companies, according to a statement by Mr. McCalls office. "The Europeans have this preconceived notion that pension funds want to take over the management of companies they invest in, Mr. McCall said in the statement. I want to help change that perception. Our goal is long-term growth, but we dont want to micro-manage businesses 5,000 miles away from New York. The fund has about $800 million invested in France.