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France reels in wake of DSK arrest

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News of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sudden and dramatic arrest has been met by shock and consternation in France.

The Socialist Party, of which he is a member, has been plunged into turmoil.

At a press conference, party spokesman Benoit Hamon told reporters the exact circumstances of the case are as yet unclear. He reminded them that under the principle of law, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty and advised them against trying to document history in advance.

But the story is the front page lead in France. Strauss-Kahn had been tipped as a front-runner in next year’s presidential race.

Even if the allegations against him are proved to be unfounded, experts say Strauss-Kahn’s future in French politics is now uncertain.