What a lucky escape France has had. I have been reading with interest the continuing twists in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story.
A few months ago, this guy was the Socialist front runner to lead the party in an electoral campaign for the French Presidency. In his recent debates with Nicolas Sarkozy it was clear that he could run rings round him and I think we can honestly assume, hand on heart, he would have become the next President of France. He was seen from inside the party as the person who could pull together the divides and factions that were rife up until just a few months ago.
Then the Soffitel affair broke and more recently the Carlton affair. His chances of ever becoming President were gone (and are gone for good). Some actually referred to it as political suicide, a deliberate act. Who knows?
But what would have been France's position had he been elected ? France has had a very close shave. We were so close to be joyfully electing, the mirror image of Italy's Berlusconi. Despite his outspoken socialist stance, Mr Strauss-Kahn is in reality a true capitalist with a very liberal interpretation of what is ethically correct.
François Hollande may be a "damp squib" as reported in the UK press, but thankfully, we have narrowly avoided bringing to power a man who couldn't even maintain a check on his own morals - let alone that of an entire nation.