Sarkozy hails Strauss-Kahn nomination at head of IMF

29th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2007, PARIS (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday hailed the appointment of former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

29 September 2007

PARIS (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday hailed the appointment of former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"This is a great victory for French diplomacy," said Sarkozy after congratulating the prominent left-winger by telephone. "I wish to salute Dominique Strauss-Kahn and tell him how convinced I am that he will be an excellent head of the IMF."

Strauss-Kahn, a prominent left-winger whose candidacy was strongly backed by the right-wing president, pledged following his appointment to implement "without delay" much-need reforms at the troubled institution.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said the former minister's appointment was "a just recognition of his qualities and the conviction with which he defended an ambitious project for the IMF."

Sarkozy -- who named several prominent left-wingers to his government as a gesture of political "openness" -- highlighted his support for Strauss-Kahn as part of the same drive.

But it was also seen as a wise political manoeuvre, depriving France's Socialist opposition -- struggling after two election defeats -- of one of its most popular and respected figures, known at home simply as "DSK".

Strauss-Kahn has said he will serve out his full term at the IMF, effectively taking himself out of the race of the 2012 presidential election.

Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande also hailed Strauss-Kahn's election.

"We are proud to see DSK's competence acknowledged on the international stage," said Socialist deputy Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who backed Strauss-Kahn for the Socialist presidential nomination last year. "But we are a bit bitter that the Socialists let him go."

According to a recent poll by LH2, the 58-year-old is seen as the best leader for the French left, ahead of defeated presidential candidate Segolene Royal.

AFP

Subject: French news

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