See here. She was so chosen by the readers of Terrafemina, an online ‘women’s magazine”.
What can one say? She stood by a man, hardly even her man, from what one can tell. (This reflection reminds me of Hilary Clinton’s insistence that she was not Tammy Wynette ‘standing by her man.’. That may have been true in a very literal sense I at least didn’t see at the time.)
As the Guardian reminds us, the case is made worse by the competition. “Anne Sinclair’s ‘woman of the year’ award is a repulsive deceit. It is bizarre and depressing that French women have voted for Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s wife over Christine Lagarde,” who is DSK’s successor at the IMF.