Strauss-Kahn's New York Townhouse Becomes a Tourist Attraction

Strauss-Kahn's New York Townhouse Becomes a Tourist Attraction

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The New York townhouse in which former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been living has become a popular destination for French tourists.

Strauss-Kahn had been under house arrest in the opulent $50,000-a-month town house at 153 Franklin Street in Tribeca for close to six weeks. D.S.K., as the French call Strauss-Kahn, was released from house arrest July 1 after the credibility of the Sofitel housekeeper who accused him of rape was called into question.

The sexual assault charges against him may be dropped.

According to the New York Times, a number of French tourists have made the home a stop on their New York itineraries. Some are Strauss-Kahn supporters, hopeful that he will return to French politics. Others are just curious to see the place so often broadcast on TV news back home.

"I saw the house on TV, on the newspaper, on the Internet," Francis Muller, a visitor from Paris, told the paper. "Obviously, I had the idea of coming to see the place. It's a real curiosity."

Patrick Arbet, a member of Strauss-Kahn's Socialist Party added: "We'd like to meet D.S.K. He's one of our friends," before setting out for Chinatown and Little Italy.

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