IMF head has made decision on French election

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International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he has made up his mind whether to run for French president but will not reveal his decision until July, in a documentary aired on Sunday.

The documentary, "A Year with DSK," was full of references to the May 2012 election however, fuelling wide expectations that he will seek the candidacy of the opposition Socialist party to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"I can see very well that there is expectancy," he said in an interview recorded late last year in the hour-long programme aired on the channel Canal +, which followed his work as IMF chief.

"Allow me to keep this decision to myself," he said. "There is a fixed schedule for when everyone who may be a candidate for the left will have to announce it," he added, referring to the party's July 13 deadline.

Polls have shown Strauss-Kahn, known as DSK, is the opposition candidate most likely to beat Sarkozy over the two rounds of the presidential vote.

He is not allowed to speak out about French politics as head of the global lender. His term there is due to last until late 2012, obliging him to choose soon between that post and a presidential run.

© 2011 AFP

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