French voters would prefer DSK to Hollande

Despite his sordid sex life being exposed for all to see in a recent pimping trial, ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn remains a favourite among French voters, many of whom would like to see him in the Elysée Palace in 2017.

French voters would prefer DSK to Hollande
Dominique Strauss-Kahn looking relieved now that his sex life has been made public. Can he make a comeback? Photo: AFP

He lost his job over a rape allegation and had the sordid details of his sex life laid bare in a prostitution trial, but that is not enough to turn French voters against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

A new poll published Thursday says the disgraced former finance minister is the second most popular choice among a list of left-wing politicians for the 2017 presidential election, way ahead of the incumbent, Francois Hollande.

That is despite Strauss-Kahn being forced to resign in disgrace from his job as head of the International Monetary Fund in 2011 after being accused of sexual assault by a New York hotel maid.

Those criminal charges were dropped in 2012 and the case was settled in a civil suit.

Strauss-Kahn also faced an embarrassing trial in France this year, in which he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring.

Although he said he was unaware the women were prostitutes and was found not guilty, the trial involved a tortuous blow-by-blow of his rapacious sexual habits.

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Pollsters Viavoice said 37 percent of those questioned thought Strauss-Kahn would be a good choice for the presidency, beaten only by the current prime minister, Manuel Valls, on 47 percent.

Hollande, whose poll ratings have plummeted over his handling of the economy, managed just 23 percent.

Also beating Hollande were environment minister — and his former partner — Segolene Royal (32 percent), Lille mayor Martine Aubry (28 percent) and rebellious former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg (24 percent).

“The results concerning Dominique Strauss-Kahn are particularly unexpected,” said Viavoice boss Francois Miquet-Marty.

Another poll in late June for TV station BFMTV found nearly two in five French voters (38 percent) wanted him to return to politics.

Strauss-Kahn has made a few tentative moves back into the public eye in recent weeks, opening a Twitter account on which he has given his opinions on the Greek crisis.

Strauss-Kahn, who played a key role in the original bailout programme for Greece when he was head of the IMF, released a three-page letter entitled  “Learning from one's mistakes”, in which he said international creditors should accept a temporary suspension of payments by Athens.

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.