Out of the presidential race, but Strauss-Kahn back with a smile
WITH a smile and with his wife by his side, Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to Paris yesterday after being cleared of trying to rape a New York hotel maid.
The 62-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund came home to a mixed reception.
Among those uneasy over his return was France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who said she felt "solidarity with abused women".
"I don't understand how this business came to an end and I simply detested all the machismo reactions that followed," she said.
"When women are belittled and attacked, I tend to take their side and feel solidarity with them."
Mr Strauss-Kahn's return was cautiously welcomed by erstwhile supporters at the Socialist Party, who have all distanced themselves from their former champion as they embark on presidential primaries.
A recent poll suggested that two-thirds of French would prefer him not to play a role in the presidential campaign, which he was previously tipped to win.
Mr Strauss-Kahn's return came less than two weeks after sexual assault charges against him were dropped when US prosecutors said they no longer trusted the complainant. (© Daily Telegraph, London)