IMF chief too busy to ponder French election run

16th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The International Monetary Fund's chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said Thursday he was too busy to think about a potential run in the upcoming French presidential election.

"I'm so surprised you ask this question," he joked in response to a journalist's question at a news forum organized by Thomson Reuters in Washington.

The IMF managing director, a former Socialist finance minister, is leading the public opinion polls in France since last year as the favorite candidate for the April-June 2012 presidential elections.

"Well, you know, I have a job. I try to do my job. It's not a part-time job. So I don't have time to think of something else," Strauss-Kahn said.

His five-year mandate at the 187-nation IMF is set to end in October 2012.

Speculation about his possible presidential bid picked up volume after fellow Socialist Segolene Royal threw her hat into the ring on November 29 for the 2012 presidential election.

DSK, as he is known, has come under mounting pressure to declare whether he will give up his job with the IMF to run for the presidency against President Nicolas Sarkozy, the presumed candidate of the center-right UMP party.

Sarkozy beat Royal in the 2007 run-off vote but his popularity has plummeted amid scandals and unpopular pension and economic reforms.

© 2010 AFP

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