• France's news in English

French mother of alleged Strauss-Kahn victim 'outraged'

AFP · 24 Aug 2011, 09:10

Published: 24 Aug 2011 09:10 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The mother of a French writer who alleges former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her said Tuesday she was "outraged" by the French Socialist party's reaction to his release.

"I am outraged, morning, day and night. What I find truly revolting is the reaction of elected Socialists," Anne Mansouret, a Socialist party member and mother of writer Tristane Banon, who has lodged a formal complaint against Strauss-Kahn, told AFP.  

A US judge on Tuesday dismissed a sex assault indictment against Strauss-Kahn stemming from allegations he attacked a maid at his luxury hotel suite in New York in May.  

Before his arrest, Strauss-Kahn had been touted as a potential Socialist party candidate in next year's French presidential election.  

"They are all repeating that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has emerged clean. No, he has not emerged clean," she said.  

"The prosecutor is not risking a trial. But this does not in any way prejudice the civil suit brought by (Nafissatou) Diallo," the hotel maid who made the charges, she said.  

"It angers me to hear both Mr Strauss-Kahn's friends and (Socialist leader) Martine Aubry herself (expressing their) happiness" at his release, Mansouret said.  

Aubry on Tuesday said she was "immensely relieved" at Strauss-Kahn's release.  

"I am very happy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and (his wife) Anne Sinclair," she said.  

Story continues below…

"I hope that this will bring us to also respect the word of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to let him do what he most wants to, that is to return to normal life and to express himself when he decides to," she said.  

Other French Socialists have expressed relief at Strauss-Kahn's release, including presidential hopeful Francois Hollande who on Monday said he was "thrilled" at reports that prosecutors planned to drop the case.  

Banon, 32, accuses Strauss-Kahn of attacking her during an interview in February 2003 in a central Paris flat.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Calais migrants given mixed reception in French towns
Photo: AFP

Some in France have shown solidarity with their new guests, while others have made it clear they are not welcome.

Lonely Planet says Bordeaux is world's best city to visit
The fantastic new Bordeaux wine museum. Photo: AFP

After The Local France, the Lonely Planet has followed suit by urging everyone to head to Bordeaux in 2017.

Jungle shacks set ablaze and torn down as camp razed
All photos: AFP

IN PICTURES: The razing of the Jungle has finally begun.

Frenchwoman finds WW1 grenade among her spuds
Photo: AFP

It could have been a very explosive family dinner.

Refugee crisis
What rights to a future in France for Calais migrants?
Photo: AFP

What does the future hold for the migrants of the Jungle? Can they work or claim social benefits or travel freely inside Europe?

Pampers nappies 'contain carcinogenics': French study
Photo: Robert Valencia/Flick

The substances in the nappies are meant to prevent skin irritation but are cancerous, the study concludes.

France to scrap special prison wings for dangerous jihadists
Photo: AFP

The experiment has been ditched.

Myth busting: Half of French adults are now overweight
A model at the Pulp Fiction fashion show in Paris that represents society's diverse spectrum . Photo: AFP

Hold on, aren't the French all meant to be finely toned specimens with not an ounce of fat on them?

France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle
Photo: AFP

As hundreds of migrants leave, the bulldozers are set to tear down the sprawling Calais shanty town on Tuesday.

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border
Photo: AFP

Britain spending big on security in Calais.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available