IMF Chief Faces Pressure To Resign While Others View Him As Victim

As one of the most powerful men in global economics, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was supposed to give the keynote speech at the Brussels Economic Forum in Belgium on Wednesday.

Instead, the head of the International Monetary Fund sits in a New York jail cell with his career and political future uncertain.

"I can't comment on the case, but he's obviously not in a position to run the IMF, and I think it's important that the board of the IMF formally put in place for an interim period someone to act as managing director," U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday.

In addition to leading the IMF, Strauss-Kahn was widely viewed as a front-runner to unseat French President Nicolas Sarkozy before authorities said he chased the maid naked down the hallway of his suite and sexually assaulted her.

But some French citizens say they think Strauss-Kahn is actually the victim of a conspiracy.

According to a CSA opinion poll conducted on Monday, 57% of French people think Strauss-Kahn was victimized. But the poll also indicated 54% said they think Strauss-Kahn's Socialist Party could still win in the 2012 presidential race without him.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was denied bail by a Manhattan Criminal Court judge and remanded Monday to an 11-by-13-foot cell at New York's Rikers Island jail complex. There, the man whom many refer to as DSK was placed on suicide watch -- a common procedure in high-profile cases, two sources with direct knowledge of the case told CNN.