French PM says 'no excuse' if Strauss-Kahn sex charges true

17th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

If sexual assault accusations against French IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn are true, there can be "no excuse" for his actions, France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, according to lawmakers.

"If the deeds of which Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused are verified, we would be faced with a very serious act for which there is no excuse," Fillon told a closed-door meeting of lawmakers, according to participants.

Fillon is the most senior French leader to have commented on the scandal. His comments were quoted to AFP by lawmakers present at the meeting and confirmed by Fillon's office.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has so far stayed silent on the arrest of Strauss-Kahn, who had polled as the person most likely to beat him in next year's presidential election.

Strauss-Kahn is in jail in New York where he was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to rape a maid in a Manhattan hotel.

© 2011 AFP

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