A majority of French do not want former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to return to politics after U.S. prosecutors dropped charges of attempted rape against him.
The survey by pollster CSA showed that 53% of those questioned would prefer Strauss-Kahn to play no part in the
political debate in the coming months, as France gears up for presidential elections in April 2012.
And as Strauss-Kahn celebrated his victory and prepared to collect his passport from police in New York, friends and supporters declared him blanchi — literally whitened — cleared and vindicated after accusations that had blackened his name and stymied his attempt to become president.
Others, even those from the traditional left, believe that the Socialists’ one-time “providential man” will fly home less blanchi and more a grubby shade of grey.