Saturday 20 January 2018

Why the powerful wife behind DSK is standing by her man

Honesty and shared passions keep this relationship alive despite the turmoil, writes Aoife Drew

Anne Sinclair never wavered. Not once. Not when her husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused by a young journalist of attempted rape. Nor when his affair with IMF economist Piroska Nagy was revealed in 2008. So, she's not going to change now, even though the couple's dreams of power have been shattered as the man she loves stands trial for what has been called 'the rape case of the century'.

Why? Is it because she is 'deaf and blind', as commentators on the Paris Match website have claimed? Or is it because she has an open, honest relationship with her partner of almost 20 years and accepts him as he is? For many, Ms Sinclair remains an enigma and France is intrigued by this woman standing staunchly by her man.

As former French minister for culture and education Jack Lang has said: "She was an icon. She is still an icon." For more than 13 years, stretching from 1984 to 1997, Ms Sinclair was the most famous and brilliant female journalist in France. On her TV show Sept sur Sept, she interviewed figures such as François Mitterand, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles, as well as international stars, including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Woody Allen.

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