Nazi-hunter Klarsfeld seeks German presidency

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Posted: Feb 27, 2012 7:09 AM
Nazi-hunter Klarsfeld seeks German presidency

A German opposition party has nominated Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld as a long-shot candidate for the German presidency in an election next month.

The Left Party on Monday nominated the 73-year-old Klarsfeld _ the German-born wife of France's best-known Nazi hunter, Serge Klarsfeld _ to challenge Joachim Gauck in the March 18 vote by a special parliamentary assembly.

Former East German pro-democracy activist Gauck is virtually assured of election because the other four parties in Parliament support him.

Klarsfeld gained international prominence in 1968 when she slapped then-West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, a former Nazi party member, at a conference in Berlin.

The new president will replace Christian Wulff, who resigned in a corruption scandal.