France may fancy their chances at this month’s rugby world cup and the police were getting some early scrum practice in at Charles de Gaulle airport on Sunday morning, protecting Dominique Strauss-Kahn from plane to car and keeping press and public well back.
Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back in the country for the first time since his arrest in New York on rape charges.
The last time DSK tried to take this flight he was dragged off it by armed New York police officers; he had been en route, it seemed, to consecration as the French Socialist’s presidential challenger, and favourite to win next year.
Today DSK quickly left the plane and boarded a car to take him away, with some applauding in the crowd that gathered.
In one of his homes in Paris in the Place des Vosges the press operated a long stakeout before their prey arrived, and the mood was more businesslike. As the motorcade arrived the press exploded into action, and curses and exclamations flew as journalists jostled for place. “Go and get your treatment somewhere else” shouted one person.“Well, I think he’s a fat creep and I have the right to say it” said another. “What about freedom of the press?” said a journalist who was stopped from questioning DSK and his wife, Anne Sinclair.
But neither DSK nor his wife made any declarations before forcing their way through another scrum to get through their front door, where the couple dawdled for a while in their formal garden being filmed before going indoors.