In an interview with Le Monde Socialist candidate Segolene Royal hinted that she might appoint former Minister of Finances Dominique Strauss-Kahn as prime minister if she were elected president next Sunday. Here's the exchange:
LM: You have been in competition with Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He was absent during your campaign for the first round, and now he is very (much) present...
SR: Dominique is present at my side at his request and I am pleased. He is a talented and imaginative man. He could be a very good Prime Minister, if such is my choice.
Strauss-Khan, or DSK as the media abbrieviates, challenged Royal for the Socialist Party nomination last fall and came in second place. He is quite close to former Socialist PM Michel Rocard, who openly called for a PS alliance with UDF leader Francois Bayrou several weeks ago, so Royal is now using DSK as much as possible to appeal to UDF voters. This could also be a ploy to counter attacks that her economic program is anti-growth, for when DSK was Minister of Finances, France enjoyed higher GDP growth and decreasing unemployment. He was also against the 35 hour work week, a position about which Royal has been at best unclear.
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