Dan Rather covers election for France

Former CBS anchor inks deal with Canal Plus

Josephine Baker. Jerry Lewis. … Dan Rather?

The former CBS News anchor is joining the list of Yanks who get more respect from the Gauls than they do at home.

Rather has been tapped by Canal Plus to cover the U.S. presidential election.

Rather will appear live from New York on Nov. 2 in the program “Dimanche Plus,” dedicated to the elections. He will then host an Election Day special on Nov. 4, and will be back on the air the following morning for post-election comments on the show “La Matinale.”

At home, Rather can be found these days as the anchor of the weekly hourlong “Dan Rather Reports” program on HDNet. He’s also making semi-regular appearances in a Manhattan courtroom for the $70 million lawsuit he filed against CBS last year.

His lawyer told a judge earlier this month that Rather is only making $1.5 million a year at HDNet, but could’ve commanded $4 million a year at another net had he not left the Eye under a cloud.

There’s no word yet if lawyers will seek an amendment to the suit for the francs that Rather might’ve commanded from TF1 had he not had to settle for a temporary gig at Canal Plus.