Thursday, February 24, 2011

Strauss-Kahn opens the door to his candidacy as president of France

Managing Director International Monetary Fund (IMF), the French socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn, "misses France" and "listen to his wife." What tells his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair? Simply, he does not want Strauss-Kahn has a second term as head of that agency to which the ambition and ability to work from her husband and the global financial crisis has been replaced as head of the global economy.

So Strauss-Kahn said on Sunday told the television gala Tele 2: "What she [Sinclair] says is very important to me. When I decided, or was considering, go to Washington, we talked. Whatever My plan for the future, your opinion will be important. " Which leaves an obvious choice for DSK, familiarly known as IMF managing director: Competing for the French presidency.

In 2012 France held elections, polls show, Strauss-Kahn has an advantage in voting intention between 22 and 24 votes from the current head of state Nicolas Sarkozy. The mandate of Strauss-Kahn at the IMF concluded in October of next year, several months after the presidential elections have been held galas.

DSK The main problem would be, paradoxically, to win the primaries of his own party. Strauss-Kahn is a leading representative of the centrist wing of the Socialist Party Gaul, and in 2007 was defeated in the most liberal by Ségolène Royal, which was then pulverized by Sarkozy. Strauss-Kahn, for example, has always had an icy attitude towards 35-hour workweek, paradoxically, had to put into practice as Economics Minister Lionel Jospin, in the nineties, and had been designed by Martine Aubry, the daughter of former European Commission president Jacques Delors.

DSK's candidacy has other potential dangers. One is its involvement in financial scandals of the French Socialist party in the nineties, a fact that forced him to resign the post of economy minister, but to which the Court acquitted him. Another is his only known penchant for extramarital affairs, a source of gossip in Washington who would write an encyclopedia.

In 2008, after which technically would qualify as "a one-night stand" with the IMF economist Piroska Nagy, DSK was the subject of an internal investigation of the institution that exempted him from any suspicion of corruption, favoritism or conflict of interest in the 'affair'. In any case, it seems to have extramarital affairs is an impediment to the presidency in France, judging from the cases of Mitterrand and Sarkozy.

Among the possible candidates to succeed Strauss-Kahn at the IMF is the CEO of the largest bond fund in the world, the Egyptian Mohamed El-Erian. To do this, however, European countries should abandon their obsession with the kind of leadership the Fund in return for which Americans have the World Bank presidency, "an agreement that reflects the global economic situation in the past 50 years century, but today, when emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil are taking a growing role in the global economy.

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