Strauss-Kahn returns home to France

By GREG KELLER | September 4, 2011 | 1:50 AM EDT

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, leaves his rented town home on Franklin Street in the Tribeca section of downtown Manhattan, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in New York. Strauss-Kahn was believed to be heading to his native France on Saturday, leaving the United States behind after the collapse of a sensational sexual assault case that cost him his job and possibly his French presidential ambitions. (AP Photo/David Karp)

PARIS (AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned home to France for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape, unleashing a scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency.

New York prosecutors later dropped their case against Strauss-Kahn, who had been chief of the International Monetary Fund, because of questions about the maid's credibility.

Strauss-Kahn had been the pollsters' favorite to win next year's presidential elections in France before his May arrest. Few expect him to return to French politics soon, but his return to French soil has been widely awaited.

Strauss-Kahn faces another investigation in France over attempted rape, based on accusations by a French novelist.