French Socialists Amazed at Strauss-Kahn ArrestWorld | May 15, 2011, Sunday // 13:58| views
French socialist politician and IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photo by EPA/BGNES
The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn completely nonplussed the French Socialist Party, according to party leader Martine Aurbry.
"The news from New York came like a bolt from the blue," commented Aubry in a statement Sunday.
IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, is a leading Socialist politician from France, who was expected to run against Nicholas Sarkozy in 2012, being the only candidate that was given good chances to prevail against the incumbent.
Now analysts and politicians are starting to opine that Strauss-Kahn's chances to become France's president have been dashed by the incident.
One socialist source characterized the arrest as part of a plot against his fellow politician.
Strauss-Kahn was detained and charged in New York over allegations he has sexually attacked a maid in a hotel.
He is said to have exited his hotel bath naked and impressed himself upon the maid, who had just come to clean his room at the Sofitel.
After the incident, Strauss-Kahn left for the JFK airport, where he was detained upon a signal by the attacked woman.
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