While the public sentiment is clearly against the IMF chief in the U.S., several polls showed that the French are on the side of the millionaire and in denial over the scandal.
According to a poll conducted on Tuesday by research group CSA, an estimated 60% of French citizens think Strauss-Kahn has been framed, and that the sexual assault was a setup, the NY Post reports.
According to polls taken by RMC radio, BDM television and the website 20Minutes, 57% of people in France think Strauss-Kahn is a victim of a conspiracy. Among Frenchmen describing themselves as supporters of the Socialist Party, that figure soars to 70%.
One popular ocnsipracy theory suspects that the U.S., together with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, conspired to bring down Strauss-Kahn.
Among Strauss-Kahn's strongest supporters is the French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy, who has known Strauss-Kahn for 25 years.
Nothing in the world can authorize the way this man has been thrown to the dogs, Levy wrote on his blog.
I do not know... how a chambermaid could enter on her own the room of one of the most watched people on the planet, against the normal practice in most big New York hotels, which provide for 'cleaning brigades' of at least two people.
Strauss-Kahn is currently on suicide watch at the notorious Rikers Island prison in New York and is scheduled to be back in court on Friday.