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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his temporary residence in Tribeca, on July 2 in New York. A judge released him Friday without bail or home confinement in the sexual assault case against him after prosecutors acknowledged serious questions about the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. The criminal case against him stands.
updated 7/3/2011 11:00:09 AM ET 2011-07-03T15:00:09

A new poll indicates that French people are divided over whether Dominique Strauss-Kahn should re-enter French politics after the weakening of the sexual assault case against the former International Monetary Fund chief.

Forty-nine percent of those surveyed in the Harris Interactive poll for French newspaper Le Parisien responded 'yes' to the question "Without prejudging his innocence or guilt, do you want DSK to come back to the French political scene one day?"

Forty-five percent said 'no' and six percent didn't answer the question, according to the poll published Sunday in Le Parisien. The agency asked a demographically representative group of 1,000 people 18 years old and older to fill out the July 1-2 online survey. No margin of error was provided.

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Left-leaning voters were more favorable to a return to politics by Strauss-Kahn, the man who was once the Socialst party's main contender to face off against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next April's presidential election.

Sixty percent of left-leaning voters said the would want DSK back in French politics someday, according to the poll, and 38 percent said no.

On the more pressing question of whether the Socialists should suspend the presidential primary calendar because of the new developments, respondents were also evenly split. Forty-nine percent of all French and 47 percent of left-leaning voters said 'no.'

Strauss-Kahn's next court date is July 18, while the Socialist party has set a July 13 deadline for candidates to declare whether they will run in the primary, now scheduled for Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.

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A close ally of Strauss-Kahn's said former IMF chief "will be an important actor in the campaign if he wants to, whose voice will be listened to."

In an interview in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper Sunday, Socialist party legislator Pierre Moscovici said he has not spoken with Strauss-Kahn since before he was freed from house arrest in New York on Friday. He said it is "premature" to speculate on what role Strauss-Kahn could yet play in French politics.

"When he regains his freedom and he is cleared, all options are open to him," Moscovici said.

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    >>> today about why the legal case against the former head of the international monetary fund may be falling apart. strauss-kahn was released yesterday after prosecutors raised serious questions about the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a new york city hotel suite . ron allen is in lower manhattan tonight.

    >> reporter: strauss-kahn still faces charges of sexual assault, but it's almost as if the accuser the facing trial now as more new negative allegations arise about her, her past and her story. many legal expert rs now saying it will be very difficult for prosecutors to convict the former imf chief of any kind of crime. no longer under house arrest , dominique strauss-kahn an his wife left the luxury townhouse with no word on their destination after leaving court with a $6 million bail and bond back in his pocket, he dined at this exclusive manhattan restaurant, reportedly running up a $700 tab. while today, new details about what led prosecutors to question the accuser's story. a 32-year-old housekeeper at this hotel. sources close to the investigation revealed she telephoned an alleged drug dealer after the incident to talk about how to profit. now, "the new york times" reports that person was her boyfriend. in an arizona jail. and she says words to the effect of, don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. i know what i'm doing. a conversation prosecutors just translated days ago from her native dialect.

    >> if these allegations are true, it seems this case is so compromised, the only thing the d.a's evidence should do is dismiss the indictment.

    >> it is a fact that the victim here made some mistakes. but that doesn't mean she's not a rape victim.

    >> reporter: however, observers say the very public admissions that she has been untruthful about a wide variety of topics, makes her a difficult victim.

    >> people say unconsciously and consciously in their head whether or not they believe the person and they take into consideration people's reputations, their backgrounds.

    >> reporter: a letter prosecutors sent to the court also reveals the woman now says she did not report the incident to a supervisor immediately, but instead, proceeded to clean a nearby room and then strauss-kahn 's room as well. they say she admits filing false tax returns and misrepresenting her income. and then this. prosecutors say the woman told them an moesh story about being a victim of gang rape and later admitted that never occurred. legal expert says it is still possible for rape victims with dubious past to find justice, but in this case, they say the defendant is unlikely to accept a plea deal or admit guilt. certainly seems to have the resources, the money and determination to fight hard to clear his name.

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