Rashid Razaq and Peter Allen
London Evening Standard 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
A majority of French people believe presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid, is the victim of a plot.
Almost 60 per cent feel the International Monetary Fund chief is innocent and has been framed in a conspiracy.
Former French culture minister Jack Lang described the treatment of Strauss-Kahn as a “lynching” that had “provoked horror and aroused disgust”. Liberation, a Left-wing daily newspaper, has published details of off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28, in which he said he feared a plot.
Discussing his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency next year, he said he imagined “a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between 500,000 and a million euros to make up such a story”.
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