It's crunch time for Dominique Strauss-Kahn. As the sexual assault case against him falls apart, the former IMF chief has until Wednesday to submit his presidential candidacy to the Socialist Party. Once France's most popular politician, DSK's political fortunes plummeted following his high-profile arrest in New York on charges of attempted rape of a hotel maid. But as prosecutors have begun raising serious questions of his alleged victim's credibility, DSK's supporters in the Socialist Party have begun urging his return to French politics. "DSK, Back?" read the front-page headline of the left-leaning newspaper Liberation. But here's what's casting a shadow on a Strauss-Kahn political comeback.
He's given up A source close to Strauss-Kahn told Mediaite last night that the former IMF chief is not running for president of France. "DSK is telling friends that media speculation that he might run is simply absurd. Of course he is pleased that despite the recent headlines, the media is suddenly declaring him a viable candidate, but he knows in the real world that is just not the case." On the other hand, On Sunday, the New York Post reported that a top French political consultant flew to New York on Saturday to meet with Strauss-Kahn, suggesting he may be plotting a political return. The conultant is Stephane Fouks of Euro RSCG.