Strauss-Kahn innocent till proven guilty: French government

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The French government considers that IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty following his arrest in New York on sexual assault charges, its spokesman Francois Baroin said Sunday.

"The French government respects two simple principles: that the judicial proceedings are under way under the authority of American justice, according to American law, and the respect for the presumption of innocence," Baroin said on France 2 television.

Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was the favourite potential candidate in the polls to win the French presidency in next year's election, ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Police arrested Strauss-Kahn in New York and charged him with attempting to rape a maid in a hotel room.

© 2011 AFP

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