Strauss-Kahn could yet be French PM

Speculation mounts that the former favourite for president could still occupy power place if another Socialist wins the election next year.

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France, scarcely recovered from the earthquake of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest, was struggling to cope yesterday with the tsunami of his possible return to presidential politics. Even if he is rapidly cleared of attempted rape in New York, most media commentators believe it is already too late - and too awkward - for the one-time front-runner to enter the Socialist Party presidential primary in October.