Strauss-Kahn's allies cheer his release

AP News
Posted: Jul 02, 2011 4:09 AM
Strauss-Kahn's allies cheer his release

A friend of Dominique Strauss-Kahn says that his wife is "happy" that the former head of the International Monetary Fund is no longer under house arrest.

Former French government minister Jack Lang says he spoke with Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair to offer the couple moral support. Lang told The Associated Press on Saturday that she is relieved but wouldn't go into detail about the couple's upcoming plans.

Lang, who has known Strauss-Kahn since the 1970s, urged him to come back to France and join the 2012 presidential race.

"He could be a good candidate" Lang said, dismissing concerns that Strauss-Kahn's image has been sullied by charges he tried to rape a hotel maid in New York.

A New York judge freed him without bail Friday after prosecutors expressed doubts about the accuser's credibility.