Anne Sinclair, the wife of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is to be the editor of the French edition of the US news and commentary website the Huffington Post.
An invitation sent out today to a news conference next Monday, at which the online newspaper’s French version (“Le Huffington Post”) is to be introduced, included “editorial director” Anne Sincair among the Huffington Post executives listed, The New York Times reported.
The French edition of the site is a joint venture between Internet company AOL (which bought the Huffington Post a year ago), French newspaper Le Monde, and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes, the holding company of Lazard investment banker Matthieu Pigasse, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sinclair will reportedly head up a team of around eight journalists based in Le Monde’s Paris headquarters.
A wealthy New York-born heiress, the 63-year-old gave up her job as a top TV and print journalist to avoid any conflicts of interest when her husband became French finance minister in 1997.
In December she was voted France’s woman of the year in a poll run by online woman’s magazine Tarrafemina, beating off competition from former French finance minister and her husband’s successor at the IMF Christine Lagarde, as well as first lady Carla Bruni.
She stood by her husband during the scandal that saw his ambitions to take the French presidency at this year’s elections scuppered, following charges – later dropped – that he had tried to rape a New York hotel maid.
Le Huffington Post will face stiff competition from five established French online-only news sites, the Wall Street Journal reports, the largest of which, Rue 89, attracted 1.845 million unique users in November.