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Spiegel Online - Germany | 16/05/2011

Good news for Sarkozy

France's Socialists have been rocked by the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was their strongest candidate in the race for the French presidency. For current President Sarkozy this means his most dangerous rival is out of the running, writes the news portal Spiegel Online: "Although the Elysée was reticent about making official statements you could tell the politicians of the Conservative UMP were secretly delighted about DSK's loss of honour. ... Up to now French citizens were considered relatively tolerant regarding the private lives of their political elite. While President Giscard d'Estaing wrote about his erotic dreams in a novel, the alleged escapades of head of state Jacques Chirac were an open secret and François Mitterrand led the life of a bigamist in the Elysée. ... For now it remains uncertain who will be able to rally the support of DSK's fans within the party and among the people. The only thing we know for sure is that the favourite in the race to take up residence in the Elysée has been disqualified."

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