France's Woman of Year: DSK Wife
Poll finds Anne Sinclair more popular than husband's successor at IMF
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2011 5:41 AM CST
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, leaves his home in New York with his wife Anne Sinclair on his way to court in August.   (AP Photo/David Karp)
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(Newser) – Standing by her man has made Anne Sinclair a very popular woman in France. Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wife has been named as woman of the year by a French women's magazine after topping an opinion poll, the New York Post reports. With 25%, Sinclair came out ahead of Christine Lagarde, Strauss-Kahn's successor as IMF chief, who scored 24%. Tristane Banon, who accused DSK of attempted rape, came in last in the poll, with 4%.

Carla Bruni, wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy, scored only 16%. The choice of Sinclair—a former TV announcer who was much better known than Strauss-Kahn when they married in 1991—presents "a sad image of womanhood" complained Green Party presidential candidate Eva Joly, who herself scored 11%. Pollsters found that Sinclair was the favorite among women, especially those over 50, while Lagarde was more popular among men.