Strauss-Kahn supporters seek French probe

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PARIS (AP) -- Supporters of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn are calling on French authorities to investigate new allegations that President Nicolas Sarkozy's party may have improperly accessed his personal e-mail.

The call Sunday by support group "Club DSK" follows a report published in The New York Review of Books that revived speculation of a conspiracy aimed at damaging Strauss-Kahn.

The report, citing unidentified sources close to Strauss-Kahn, alleged that at least one private e-mail sent from his mobile phone had been read at Sarkozy's UMP party offices. UMP officials have denied claims of a plot.

Strauss-Kahn was seen as Sarkozy's top rival for France's 2012 presidential race until his career came crashing down over revelations about a sexual encounter he had with a New York hotel maid on May 14.