Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has told a British newspaper that political opponents are responsible for his fall from grace.
In an interview, published by the Guardian, he does not say that his encounter with a New York City hotel maid was a set-up.
However Strauss-Kahn does suggest that the subsequent fallout was orchestrated by enemies intent on preventing him from running for the presidency – some of whom, he claims, had links to incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sarkozy’s UMP party has previously denied claims that it was involved in any plot against Strauss-Kahn.
Conservative Sarkozy lost the first round of the presidential poll and is up against Socialist Francois Hollande in next month’s run-off.