Reports of a scandal revolving around Francois Hollande, Dominique Strauss Kahn, and a “popular disco bar on Paris’ notorious Rue St Denis” are sure to get Francophiles hot under the collar.
RFI reports that Hollande’s campaign manager Pierre Moscovici and communication director Manuel Valls went a party at the “disco bar” only to learn that Dominique Strauss Kahn, a persona-non-gratis in Socialist Party world, was in attendance.
The host, Socialist member Julien Dray, apparently thought it wasn’t too important, while Hollande’s team either cordial to the disgraced former IMF boss or simply unaware of his presence.
However, others were not so keen on the guest. Segolene Royal, former wife of Hollande and one time Socialist Presidential candidate, reportedly left the party in disgust, while newspaper Le Parisian ran the headline “DSK: The surprise invitation.“
Hollande has turned on the offensive, saying in a TV show interview, “He no longer has a role in political life and thus should not be part of a campaign nor in any images that could potentially lead people to believe he is coming back.”
DSK is clearly toxic to the Socialist party right now — and given Rue St Denis’s reputation, perhaps the choice of venue was bad — but thankfully, it looks like Sarkozy may also have unsavory friends too…
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