Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund and once the French Socialists' best hope for a presidential victory in 2012, has become a party liability following his arrest in New York on sexual assault charges.
Leaders of France’s main opposition Socialist Party are due to gather in an emergency meeting on Tuesday following the arrest of International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the party’s most high-profile international figure, on criminal sex charges in New York. According to recent opinion polls, Strauss-Kahn was a frontrunner to win next year’s presidential race, polling well ahead of incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. But many are now wondering if his arrest – and a potentially lengthy legal battle – have not completely shattered the Socialist Party’s hopes of winning the 2012 contest.
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Date created : 2011-05-16