Tuesday 19 November 2019

Strauss-Kahn the best man to run France, says poll

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Henry Samuel in Paris

DOMINIQUE Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), would do the best job running France, according people questioned for a poll leaked yesterday.

DSK, as he is known, may have been embroiled in a string of sex scandals and face charges of aggravated pimping, but 56pc of French believe he would do a better job than President Francois Hollande, who got 34pc of the vote.

The poll by marketing company BVA came as an embarrassment to Mr Hollande and the ruling Socialists, who have been at pains to distance themselves from the 64-year-old former finance minister.

But its findings were also embarrassing for the centre-right, as Mr Strauss-Kahn, who now works as an economic adviser, came well ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former conservative president.

Mr Sarkozy, who is widely tipped to mount a comeback in the 2017 election, scored 49pc. Alain Juppe, his former foreign minister, who may also run, came second on 53pc.

It is the first time Mr Strauss-Kahn has figured in such a poll since Mr Hollande took office in June 2012.

The poll was due to be published in last weekend's edition of 'Le Parisien' magazine, but it was so surprised to find Mr Strauss-Kahn winning the majority of votes that it decided to scrap it.

The results were leaked to France Info radio. 'Le Parisien' magazine reportedly told France Info that it had pulled the poll because it felt it should have been precluded by the question: "Are you for or against the return of DSK (to politics)?" According to France Info, the poll underlines a desperate desire in France for "competence at the highest levels". He is due to go on trial on "aggravated pimping" charges later this year with a dozen other defendants.

Investigating magistrates in charge of the case said he was clearly "the king of the party" and "linchpin" of a prostitution ring operating out of the Carlton hotel in Lille, northern France. The Carlton case is one of a series of investigations that were opened after Mr Strauss-Kahn's 2011 arrest in New York on suspicion of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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