Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned home to France for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape, unleashing a scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency.
New York prosecutors later dropped their case against Strauss-Kahn, who had been chief of the International Monetary Fund, because of questions about the maid’s credibility.
Strauss-Kahn had been the pollsters’ favorite to win next year’s presidential elections in France before his May arrest. Few expect him to return to French politics soon, but his return to home has been widely awaited.
Strauss-Kahn and his wife left on a flight from New York to Paris after being spotted arriving at the Air France terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.
The couple had left his rented New York City town home earlier in the day, in the company of his daughter Camille, carrying several pieces of luggage.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, spent almost a week in jail, six weeks on house arrest and nearly two more months barred from leaving the country before Manhattan prosecutors dropped the case last week, saying they no longer trusted the maid, Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo.
Strauss-Kahn faces another investigation in France over attempted rape, based on accusations by a French novelist.