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Former PM: DSK 'Mentally Ill'

Michel Rocard writes off fellow Socialist's political career
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2011 6:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been handed back his passport, bid farewell to the IMF, and, according to Socialist Party leader Martine Aubrey, will soon be returning to France—where controversy awaits. Michel Rocard, France's prime minister from 1988 to 1991, has told a French TV station that DSK's repeated sex scandals are probably the result of mental illness, the Telegraph reports.

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"This man quite obviously has a mental illness that makes it difficult for him to control his urges," Rocard said of the party's former front-runner for the presidential nomination. “It’s a shame, because he is very talented. But I no longer have any faith in his abilities," he said, giving his backing to Socialist presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Francois Hollande. Rocard may be minimizing DSK's personal responsibility for the allegations of sexual misconduct, but, unlike other members of the French elite, "acknowledges that the former IMF chief's behavior is unacceptable" Jessica Grose notes at Slate. (Read more Dominique Strauss Kahn stories.)

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