Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a Socialist, was the favorite to challenge conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose popularity has plunged in the polls, in 2012.
He is charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. The top count is punishable by five to 25 years in prison. Mr. Strauss-Kahn was arrested Sunday en route to Berlin to discuss bailout terms with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country supplies the largest share of the Eurozone bailout money.
c This story is based in part on wire service reports.