The media frenzy surrounding the arrest and subsequent indictment for sex offences of Dominique Strauss-Khan has taken even hard-nosed French journalists by surprise.
The French have been particularly upset by pictures of the accused in handcuffs, something illegal in French crime reporting.
Marc de Chalvron is French journalist outside the courthouse:
“Seen from France this is something incredible, just a week ago this man was favourite to become the new president and now we see him in these terrible pictures. Even for ordinary French citizens, we are just not used to it. The French still don’t understand what is happening.”
The media circus will soon be packing up and leaving their temporary home outside the Centre Street Court in Lower Manhattan, but they will be back in droves when Strauss-Kahn returns for his next apperance on June 6.