Dominique Strauss-Kahn Interview Attracts Record Ratings on French Network TF1

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PARIS - Dominique Strauss-Kahn proved once again that audiences love real-life drama when the politician’s interview on leading French TV network on Sunday night attracted a record 13.4 million viewers, the most for any news program in the territory since 2005.

Almost half of the French population tuned in to see Strauss-Kahn break his silence about accusations he assaulted a hotel maid in New York last May in an interview with TF1’s nightly news host Claire Chazal.

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Strauss-Kahn’s 24-minute TV appearance during the 8 p.m. news program gave TF1 a 47 percent market share for the time slot. The news program in its entirety attracted 12.5 million viewers for a 44.5 percent market share, the best since riots in the suburbs in November of 2005 and even more than the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan in March.

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Strauss-Kahn was more than just a small screen star on Sunday – he monopolized French twitter feeds with more than 14,000 messages sent about him during the interview.

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