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French prosecutors could decide not to pursue the case against Strauss-Kahn if they find evidence he engaged in forcible sexual contact that fell short of attempted rape. The statute of limitations on sexual assault charges in France is three years, while attempted rape charges can be filed for up to 10 years after the alleged crime.

Before the U.S. assault charges, Strauss-Kahn was considered the Socialist Party’s strongest possible candidate to defeat conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy in France’s 2012 presidential election.

Strauss-Kahn has relinquished his passport to authorities in New York and his next court appearance is on July 18.