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Women stage noisy protest at DSK home

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10:32 CEST+02:00

Any chance of a peaceful Sunday were ruined for Dominique Strauss-Kahn when a group of around 300 people, mostly women, arrived outside his apartment in Paris' chic Place des Vosges to make a noisy protest.

"DSK Sinclair Get Lost!" said one placard, in reference to the former IMF boss and his wife, Anne Sinclair. "Shame on you" and "No predators in government, parliament or anywhere" were among other slogans and chants used with the help of drums and megaphones.

"We demand that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is not visible during the next elections," Nelly Martin, spokeswoman for women's rights group La Marche Mondiale des Femmes, told AFP.

"He hasn't been cleared as there will be a trial against him and other women are gradually making official complaints."

An opinion poll at the weekend showed that most French people agree that the one-time Socialist party presidential hopeful should not play any part in next year's elections. The TNS Sofres poll for Canal+ said that 63 percent of people questioned believe Strauss-Kahn should stay out of the elections.

The woman who has made charges against Strauss-Kahn in France, Tristane Banon, said in a statement on her Facebook page she felt "nauseous" about the treatment DSK has received since his return to France a week ago.

"I can't believe that my country welcomes as a hero a man who has not been cleared," she said. 

Banon pledged to show her support for a public demonstration on women's rights on September 24th outside the central law courts in Paris.

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