Strauss-Kahn handcuffing 'humiliating': party

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The leader of France's opposition Socialists said Monday it was "humiliating" to see its presidential hope Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed after his arrest on sexual assault charges.

"I am astounded by the images I saw this morning," said Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry, as TV news channels showed Strauss-Kahn in handcuffs after his arrest for allegedly attacking a maid in a New York hotel room.

"It is deeply humiliating," she added.

The dramatic arrest heralded an unusually public sex scandal involving a politician in France, a country traditionally respectful of its leaders' privacy.

"Luckily we live in a country where thanks to the presumption of innocence, we cannot show men and women handcuffed at this stage in the procedure," she said, citing French law.

Speaking of the party, Aubry put a brave face on the scandal which seems to have all but wrecked the presidential hopes of Strauss-Kahn, whom polls showed was the favourite to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's election.

She declined to comment yet on what action the party would take to prepare a candidate in the wake of his arrest.

© 2011 AFP

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