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Strauss-Kahn rape charge may be dropped

Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn could return to public life and hold office again in France if sexual assault charges against him are dropped, the frontrunner for the French presidential elections said.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2011 01:37 IST

Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn could return to public life and hold office again in France if sexual assault charges against him are dropped, the frontrunner for the French presidential elections said.

Francois Hollande, who became the leading Socialist candidate for the 2012 elections after Strauss-Kahn's arrest in May, said it was up to the former finance minister to decide if he would try to compete in party primaries if the case were abandoned.

Speculation intensified over the weekend that the case against Strauss-Kahn was about to be dropped. A lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused him of attempted rape said at the weekend that she had been summoned to a meeting with prosecutors on Monday, in what he said was a sign that the case could be abandoned.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/23_08_pg17c.jpg

"Whatever has been said, a man with the abilities of Dominique Strauss-Kahn can be useful to his country in the months and years to come," Hollande told France Inter radio.

Asked whether Strauss-Kahn could be a challenger for the presidential election in April, Hollande said: "That depends on him." He also ruled out any political pact with Strauss-Kahn. "There was no pact... I undertook to run (for the presidency) because I had a commitment to the country."