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Dominique Strauss-Kahn return to politics has French divided

By Lynn Herrmann     Jul 3, 2011 in Politics
Paris - New poll results show French people are divided on Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s return to politics, even though a sexual assault case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) appears weakened due to his accuser’s credibility.
A new Harris Interactive survey for France’s Le Parisien newspaper shows 49 percent of those polled responded ‘yes’ to the question of him returning to politics. The question: “Without prejudice to his innocence or guilt, do you see Dominique Strauss-Kahn to come back one day on the French political scene?” resulted in 45 percent responding ‘no’.
Among French socialist sympathizers, 65 percent expect DSK to return to politics.
Strauss-Kahn, at the center of controversy since he was first accused of assaulting a Sofitel Hotel maid in New York in May, was released from house arrest last week after inconsistencies in his accuser’s numerous accounts of the incident as well as disturbing revelations of her past.
News of his release left many French, including politicians, the general public and the media stunned. Francois Bayrou, leader of a center-right minority party, said: “I’m going from one of astonishment to another. Only a Hollywood scriptwriter could have imagined such a story,” the Vancouver Sun reports.
Last week, the IMF chose Christine Lagarde as its new Managing Director. Her term for leading the 187-member group begins July 5.
The survey was conducted on July 1, from a sample of 1,000 people aged 18 and over. No margin of error was given.
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