So was DSK caught up in a political sting?
He could yet be the next president of France -- which would be a good result for us, writes Jody Corcoran
As the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn unravels and it looks as though it may fall apart, the question will inevitably be asked: was this a plot by his political enemies to bring about his downfall?
It is unlikely that the question will ever be fully answered, certainly not to the satisfaction of all. But as what may be coincidence gives way to conspiracy and possibly -- who can say? -- eventually to evidence, at this remove it certainly looks as if there may be a case to answer.
The conspiracy of choice centres around the the 2115 Café on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, New York, where the hotel chambermaid who accused Strauss-Kahn of criminal sexual assault used to spend much of her free time.