Strauss-Kahn stated that he believes the highly public undoing that followed his encounter with the housekeeper in the Sofitel hotel's presidential suite, and his imprisonment on charges of attempted rape, were orchestrated by his political opponents.
While he does not believe the incident with Nafissatou Diallo was a setup, he said the subsequent escalation of the events on 14 May into a criminal investigation that destroyed his chances of winning the presidency had been "shaped by those with a political agenda" and that "more was involved here than mere coincidence".
Strauss-Kahn, 63, alleges that he was put under surveillance by French intelligence weeks before he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting Diallo. He accuses operatives linked to Sarkozy of intercepting phone calls and making sure Diallo went to the New York police, thus sparking an international scandal.
"Perhaps I was politically naive, but I simply did not believe that they would go that far … I didn't think they could find anything that could stop me," Strauss-Kahn told investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein.
"...I didn't think they could find anything that could stop me ..." Here is a man who *commands* his political strategy in the same imperious manner that he uses to subject women to his brutal physical demands.
And what of the criminal charges that he procured the services of prostitutes as an extension of his "duties" accomplished for the IMF? Did he truly believe those actions would not be disclosed and used by his critics?
"Gros bruit, petite queue." - en français, an excellent overview at Le Point.