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.