A Shocked France Reacts To The Strauss-Kahn News

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A plethora of shocked, shocked, responses, that Strauss-Kahn tried to get away (and off) with it again... Of course, the focus now is on the presidential race which just like that of the US, following the Mike Huckabee announcement, is once again wide open.

HERVE MORIN, FORMER Defense MINISTER, PRESIDENT NEW Center PARTY

"I'm
not a socialist, he is not my political friend, but despite that I call
for the presumption of innocence. I will not take part in the witch
hunt, with the dogs that are barking and those spreading rumors and
saying 'I told you so'."

FRANCOIS BAROIN, FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN

"We
have to be extremely prudent in analysis, comments and consequences.
The position of the French government respects two principles: a legal
process under the authority of American justice ... and the respect of
the presumption of innocence."

MARTINE AUBRY, SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER

"The
news we received from New York last night struck like a thunderbolt. I
call on the Socialists to stay united and reasonable.

"I urge that we wait for the facts, respect the presumption of innocence and to maintain the necessary decency."

FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, CANDIDATE FOR SOCIALIST PARTY PRIMARY

"I'm
flabbergasted, It's terrible news. There is a charge, but it's not
proof of guilt. We have to react with emotion ... but also with reserve.

"It
doesn't resemble the man I know. The sooner justice intervenes, the
earlier it will be better for him, the institution he represents and for
all of us."

CHRISTINE BOUTIN, PRESIDENT OF CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT PARTY

"Do you realize the image of France in all this? It's no longer possible for DSK (Strauss-Kahn)."

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CAMBADELIS, STRAUSS-KAHN ALLY

"At
this time, I neither want to nor can draw hasty conclusions about the
charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This whole story does not
resemble him. (He) will soon be able to speak and defend himself."

SEGOLENE ROYAL, CANDIDATE FOR SOCIALIST PARTY PRIMARY

"This
man must be respected, his family must be respected. I don't want to
make use for myself of what has happened. I think it would be indecent
to make an episode out of this today and the rest of the week."

MARINE LE PEN, NATIONAL FRONT LEADER AND 2012 CANDIDATE

"The
case and the charges ... mark the end of his campaign and pre-campaign
for the presidency and will most likely prompt the IMF to ask him to
leave his post."

FRANCOIS BAYROU, CENTRIST FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

"All
this is completely astounding, immensely troubling and distressing. If
the facts prove true ... it's something degrading for all women. It's
terrible for the image of France."

MICHEL TAUBMANN, STRAUSS-KAHN BIOGRAPHER

"Evidently,
it could harm his career if it proves true that he has committed these
acts, but if he manages to clear himself of this then it could be
beneficial to him.

"If he's falsely accused, that could benefit him because the French don't like someone being wrongly accused."

JACQUES ATTALI, ECONOMIST AND PROMINENT SOCIALIST

"This
will change things. We are going to have a (Socialist Party) campaign
of Martine Aubry versus Francois Hollande. The presidential election is
far from being decided and there can be surprises, as this shows. The
current president is far from being beaten.

"The
most likely outcome is that this case will stick and even if he pleads
not guilty, which he may be, he won't be able to be candidate for the
Socialist primary for the presidency and he won't be able to stay at the
IMF."

DOMNINIQUE PAILLE, OF THE CENTRIST RADICAL PARTY

"It's
absolutely crazy. If it's true it would be a historic moment, in the
negative sense, for French politics... I cannot believe it.

Source: Reuters