Investigating sex assault crimes in France

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The case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged in May with the assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel chambermaid, appears close to collapse after the alleged victim's credibility was all but destroyed by a prosecutors' investigation. The handling of the case, by the New York Special Victims Unit and District Attorney's office, has come in for sharp criticism from some in France, where Strauss-Kahn's perp walk, initial imprisonment and subsequent house arrest were seen to be humiliating, harsh and ultimately unjust. So just how do the French handle such cases? Carine Fouteau reports.

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The case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged in May with the assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel chambermaid, appears close to collapse after the alleged victim's credibility was all but destroyed by a prosecutors' investigation. The handling of the case, by the New York Special Victims Unit and District Attorney's office, has come in for sharp criticism from some in France, where Strauss-Kahn's perp walk, initial imprisonment and subsequent house arrest were seen to be harsh, humiliating and ultimately unjust. So just how do the French handle such cases? Carine Fouteau reports.