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60 per cent in France believe Strauss-Kahn is victim of plot 18 May 2011 A majority of French people believe presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid, is the victim of a plot. Almost 60 per cent feel the International Monetary Fund chief is innocent and has been framed in a conspiracy. Straus-Kahn is being held in Rikers Island prison in New York. He denies a string of charges including criminal sex acts, attempted rape and illegal imprisonment. Former French culture minister Jack Lang described the treatment of Strauss-Kahn as a "lynching" that had "provoked horror and aroused disgust". Liberation, a Left-wing daily newspaper, has published details of off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28, in which he said he feared a plot.