But the political scene was hit by a fresh shock when the lawyer for writer Tristane Banon announced she planned to file the complaint in Paris within a day.
Banon came forward after Strauss-Kahn's May 14 arrest in New York to accuse him of wrenching open her bra and trying to unbutton her jeans in 2002. Lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded at the time from filing charges by her mother, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn's Socialist party.
Koubbi also had said his client had no intention of pressing charges while the American prosecution was going on because the two cases should be kept separate. Now, Banon is pressing forward, Koubbi told The Associated Press.
Messages of support for the complaint quickly appeared on Banon's Facebook page.
Before Koubbi's announcement, the country was split on whether it wanted him back in public life: two polls showed an almost even division between those who thought he should return, and those who believed his political career was over.
The former IMF chief's re-entry to politics would be a tectonic shift in a campaign already shaken by his arrest on charges of attacking a New York hotel maid. The Socialist had been widely seen as the leading contender in the 2012 election, leading polls in the months before his arrest.
My political views are not at all in line with Strauss-Kahn's socialist views, but people should be a little more than suspect of why accusations are popping up out of the woodwork after it appeared he had a very good chance of winning the presidential election in France over the conservative incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, who has had to deal with indiscrete comments of a sexual nature made by his wife and former model, Carla Bruni, and whose own administration has been rocked by a recent sex scandal while his country's economy continues to tank like our's.
Speaking of Fox News, its Twitter page has for hours been running a series of messages announcing that President Barack Obama had been assassinated after being shot multiple times in an Iowa restaurant. Fox News says it is the victim of a computer hacker:
Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated. Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family at the White House.
FoxNews.com alerted the U.S. Secret Service, which is declining public comment. Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital, said FoxNews.com is working with Twitter to address the situation as quickly as possible.
"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts," Misenti said.
FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created.