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#1 France's Fury at Lynching' of Strauss-Kahn after rape charge
05-18-2011, 06:53 PM
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French PM: If Strauss-Kahn is guilty there is no excuse for his actions
French politicians outraged at U.S. for dramatic images of DSK, saying: 'They want to make a Frenchman pay'
Nicolas Sarkozy warned Dominique Strauss-Kahn of his behaviour with women when he was sent to the U.S. as head of the International Monetary Fund, it has emerged.
The concerned French president told the under-fire IMF chief in 2007 before he went to Washington D.C. that his life ‘will be passed under a magnifying glass’ in America.
And when he heard Strauss-Kahn was arrested last weekend after allegedly sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, he rolled his eyes and said: ‘We did warn him’.
Meanwhile, other French politicians have voiced outrage at America for broadcasting dramatic images of Strauss-Kahn handcuffed and unshaven before he has a chance to defend himself on charges of attempted rape.
Arrested on Saturday and charged, police made the 62-year-old walk in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse - and his appearance before a judge was televised.
Former Culture Minister Jack Lang described the treatment of the Socialist presidential frontrunner, whose political career is now in tatters, as a 'lynching' that had 'provoked horror and aroused disgust'.
The U.S. justice system, he said, was 'politicised' and the judge appeared to have been determined to 'make a Frenchman pay' by denying the head of the International Monetary Fund bail even though his lawyer had offered to post a $1 million bond.
Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry denounced 'degrading images' and said France was lucky to have a law on the presumption of innocence th
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