Most French believe Strauss-Kahn victim of 'plot'

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority of French people believe embattled IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is facing sex charges in New York, is "the victim of a plot", an opinion poll said Wednesday.

Asked if was Strauss-Kahn was "the victim of a plot," 57 percent of respondents said yes, 32 percent said no and 11 percent had no opinion, according to the poll by CSA for BFM-TV, RMC radio and the 20 Minutes newspaper.

Among supporters of the Socialist Party, which Strauss-Kahn had previously been expected to lead into next year's presidential election against Nicolas Sarkozy, 70 percent believed he was the victim of a conspiracy, 23 percent did not and seven percent had no opinion.

The telephone survey was carried out on Monday among 1,007 adults across the country.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday and formally charged in New York on Monday with seven counts involving sexual assault and attempted rape of a maid in the luxury Times Square Sofitel hotel.

A judge denied him bail and he was remanded to the sprawling Rikers Island prison.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer says he denies all the charges.

© 2011 AFP

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