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French IMF candidate an 'insistent' womaniser - Independent Online Edition > Europe

The French media and political world has been thrown into ferment by an allegation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the European candidate to be the next head of the IMF, is an "insistent" womaniser.

The allegation was made in a blog written by the Brussels correspondent of the newspaper Libération, Jean Quatremer. He said there was a risk that the former French finance minister's behaviour towards women might cause a scandal at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington.

"The only real problem with Strauss-Kahn is his attitude to women." He is "too insistent," M. Quatremer wrote. "The IMF is an international institution with Anglo-Saxon morals. One inappropriate gesture, one unfortunate comment, and there will be a media hue and cry."

M. Quatremer's blog was immediately attacked on the website of the magazine Marianne as "crossing a yellow line". He was also criticised in a column in his own newspaper yesterday by the media commentator, Daniel Schneidermann.

How was it, he asked, that French journalists felt able to make such allegations on the internet but not in print? Under the French law on privacy, it is forbidden to discuss private lives, even those of public figures.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:24:05 AM EST
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