Saturday 18 November 2017

Out of the presidential race, but Strauss-Kahn back with a smile

Henry Samuel in Paris

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)

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