The face of the IMF chief has been splashed across the media as the shock of the alleged sex scandal is absorbed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Most of the European papers ruminate over the impact on Strauss-Kahn’s career while there is speculation over the effect on critical EU bailout talks.
In France the shock has been profound.
Segolène Royal, former Socialist presidential candidate said :“Dominique must be allowed to defend himself. And I think in the meantime, everyone should respect the basic rules of a functioning democracy that says until one is found guilty one is innocent.”
The scandal has also turned France’s presidential election campaign upside down.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the favourite to become the Socialist candidate and was considered likely to become a front runner in the poll.