July 1 - Prosecutors reportedly have serious doubts about former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser and the sexual assault case against him appears to be faltering. Andrew Raven reports.
It is the story that is the talk of France. Reports suggest the sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse. The revelations struck like a thunderbolt in France, where many people doubted the allegations - made by a New York chambermaid. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN SAYING: "I always believed it was a fabrication and that she was doing it to make money. I admire him enormously." Strauss-Kahn was arrested in May, a seemingly fatal blow to the political career of a man once touted as France's next president. But prosecutors have reportedly since come to doubt the credibility of his accuser, a Guinean immigrant who worked at the posh Sofitel hotel. Now prosecutors are weighing the possibility of dismissing the most serious charges against him, the New York Times reported Friday. In France, Strauss-Kahn supporters say it's not too late for him to run in the presidential elections. (SOUNDBITE) (French) GUILLAUME: "I think the Socialist party was a little reticent to accuse him and was convinced of his possible innocence. So I think he will have a chance to return to the primary race and the 2012 presidential race." For now, though, Strauss-Kahn remains under house arrest. Andrew Raven, Reuters.