IMF chief hints at early exit

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French politician who heads the International Monetary Fund (IMF), yesterday said he might cut short his tenure, stoking speculation he wants to run in France's 2012 presidential election. His term as managing director of the IMF expires in October 2012, several months after the election, which means the Socialist veteran would have to quit ahead of time if he wanted to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy at the ballot box.