"When we saw DSK not even being proved guilty until now with the handcuffs, people were very shocked," French journalist Christian Malard said.
An informal poll in France shows that almost 60 percent of those surveyed believe that Strauss-Kahn was set up by the maid, as part of a conspiracy to ruin his political career. .
Srauss-Kahn is a leading member of the Socialist Party of France, the main left-wing political opposition to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right UMP party. .
Although he has yet to commit to run in the next French presidential elections in November 2012, an April poll of likely French voters by Paris Match-Europe 1 had him leading current president Nicolas Sarkozy by 7 percentage points in a run-off election. .
Strauss-Kahn told Liberation a few weeks ago that he could see himself being set up for a "honey trap" to tarnish his reputation ahead of the election in 2012. .
He said his opponents would attack his "money, women and Jewishness," in that order. He said at the time that his biggest challenge was fighting the public perception that he is a womanizer.
ABC News' Richard Esposito contributed to this report