Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn and wife Sinclair arrive at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy near Paris
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (C) and his wife Anne Sinclair (2nd L) arrive at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy near Paris September 4, 2011. Strauss-Kahn, his presidential hopes shattered by a sex assault scandal that rocked his homeland, returned on Sunday to France, where he faces a frosty reception from the public and unease among his political allies. REUTERS

After standing by her husband after he was arrested for allegedly trying to rape a New York hotel chambermaid in May, Anne Sinclair, the wife of shamed former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been voted Woman of the Year in a new French poll.

Sinclair, 63, the former TV presenter millionairess, won the the annual award for her loyalty and courage in the face of her husband's sex scandal.

Anne Sinclair is both a heroine and a kind of anti-heroine for women in France, Terrafemina, the French magazine the survey was taken for . Women look at the problems they face in their own lives and seem to identify with her.

Sinclair won 25 percent of the vote in the poll, followed by her Strauss-Kahn's successor at the IMF, former French finance minister Christine Lagarde. French socialist party leader Martine Aubry came in third place, followed by extreme right-wing National Front party leader Marine Le Pen in fourth.

The CSA poll was carried out between Dec. 6 and 7th; 1005 women were questioned according to a quotas method.

Sinclair remained faithful to her husband in spite of the media firestorm that erupted around him after he was accused trying to rape a maid in a New York city hotel. On his return to France, he was accused of sexually abusing a young French writer. He confessed to taking part in orgies after he was named in connection with an underage prostitution racket in Lille, in northern France.