Strauss-Kahn Wife Sinclair to Head French Huffington Post

Anne Sinclair, the wife of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was named editor of the French version of the Huffington Post.

Sinclair will unveil the French-language news and opinion website at a Jan. 23 press conference in Paris with Huffington’s founder Arianna Huffington.

“I am very happy to go back to work,” Sinclair told Elle magazine in an interview to be published tomorrow.

New York-born Sinclair, 61, helmed the most-watched television show in France until she quit in 1997 after marrying then Finance Minister Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn was charged last year in a sexual assault case by a maid at a Manhattan hotel. He denied the charges and the case was thrown out in August even though police determined that there had been a sexual encounter between him and his accuser.

“I’m not a saint, I’m not a victim, I’m a free woman,” Sinclair said in the Elle interview, her first since the May arrest of her husband in New York.

Strauss-Kahn, or DSK, as he’s popularly known in France, was a potential Socialist Party contender for the French presidency. He called his encounter with the Manhattan Sofitel hotel chambermaid a “moral failing” and apologized to his family, friends, and to “the French people” in an interview on TF1 television in September.

Sinclair is the granddaughter of Paul Rosenberg, France’s biggest art merchant in the first half of the 20th century. In the Elle interview she said, “no one knows what happens in a couple’s private life and I deny anyone the right to judge mine.”

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