The German-born wife of French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, Beate, has been nominated Monday by the Left party as a candidate for the German presidency in next month’s elections.
The 73-year-old Klarsfeld will compete against former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck in a March 18 vote by a special parliamentary assembly.
In 1968, Beate Klarsfeld became famous after slapping then-West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, who was also a former Nazi party member, in Berlin.
Germany’s most recent President, Christian Wulff, was forced to resign in a corruption scandal.
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