Ex-IMF chief's wife 'touched' by blog messages

24th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Anne Sinclair, the wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said Monday she was "touched" by many messages of support, but was closing down her blog for the time being.

"Dear reader, many, many, many of you have sent me messages," Sinclair wrote on her blog, referring to the scandal which has erupted since her husband was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid.

"I cannot answer everybody, but know that these touched me and helped me."

Sinclair, a wealthy former television journalist in France, launched her blog entitled "Two or Three Things Seen From America," in 2008 and has regularly posted commentary on US and international politics.

But she said Monday: "You will understand the circumstances that have forced me to temporarily suspend this blog. All I can say is, a bientot (see you soon)."

Her prior commentary had been an analysis of US immigration concerns. It was posted May 12, two days before her husband was arrested.

Strauss-Kahn is free on bail, wearing an ankle bracelet and forced to stay in a Broadway apartment under the watch of video surveillance and an armed guard around the clock.

He has denied all the charges and is next due to appear in court on June 6.

Sinclair left the Broadway apartment for a few hours Sunday on what was believed to be part of the new hunt for a home.

She had previously arranged to rent a plush apartment on the Upper East Side, but Strauss-Kahn was rejected after residents complained.

The American-born Sinclair was a popular TV personality in France in the 1980s and 90s.

Her interview subjects have included French presidents, former US president Bill Clinton, then-first lady Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates and Prince Charles.

In 1997, she stepped down when Strauss-Kahn became France's finance minister.

© 2011 AFP

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