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France shocked by Strauss-Kahn court hearing

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 01:44

May 17 - Images of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a U.S. courtroom have shocked France with the head of the Socialist Party slamming them as degrading. Nick Rowlands reports.

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IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears in a New York court on Monday. The images of Strauss-Kahn being arraigned on charges of sexual assault of a hotel employee have shocked France. The leader of the Socialist Party was angry about the access media were given to Strauss-Kahn after his arrest. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER MARTINE AUBRY: "I would like this young woman to be respected, and I would like the presumption of innocence to be respected. I was very shocked by these images. Luckily, we're in a country in France where, since the Guigou law of 2000, one cannot show someone in handcuffs. One cannot humiliate them, degrade someone who is not yet convicted." Notions of privacy are strictly respected in France. Many people believe the man who might have been the next president does have a case to answer, but that these pictures violate his right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. (SOUNDBITE) (French) VIOLAINE: "It was really hard to see him tied up like that. I told myself that showing him like that on television was... I'd been told that it was illegal in France to show a man tied up when an investigation was still under way." (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIAN VISITOR STANISLAS: "That's the American system. One sees those who are presumed guilty, handcuffed. Obviously in France, it's a bit shocking. Well, I come from Belgium. But it's still shocking, especially as he was a potential president." Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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France shocked by Strauss-Kahn court hearing

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 01:44