French public back ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn as potential presidential candidate

Strauss-Kahn came second in poll out of a group of Socialist Party figures regarded as potential candidates for France’s 2017 election.

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Embattled former IMF chief and one-time Socialist politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back on a list of leading left-wing presidential candidates in France, according to a new opinion poll, reports FRANCE 24.

Strauss-Kahn, who has beaten a string of sex crime allegations in the past four years, finished second among a group Socialist Party figures regarded as potential candidates in France’s 2017 presidential election.

Prime minister Manuel Valls beat Strauss-Kahn in the study by French polling firm Viavoice, which asked would-be voters who would make a “good candidate” for the Left in the 2017 ballot.

Valls claimed 47 percent support, with Strauss-Kahn as the runner-up with 37 percent. Former presidential candidate and current environment minister Ségolène Royal finished third with 32 percent of votes.

French president François Hollande managed only 23 percent support, finishing fifth among left-wing leaders, the study revealed.

It also showed that former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy was the overall frontrunner in the presidential race at the moment.

Read more of ths report from FRANCE 24.

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