Dominique Strauss-Kahn touched down in Paris for a French homecoming yesterday morning.
Smiling and waving, the former presidential front-runner and wife Anne Sinclair landed at Charles de Gaulle airport and hopped right into a waiting black sedan.
"A bient't," see you soon, was all Strauss-Kahn said on his return to Paris after months under house arrest in New York, where he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. Charges were dropped last month.
He pushed a luggage cart and flashed a wide smile. The few supporters cheering him on were outnumbered by dozens of journalists.
"I saw a man content, happy, at ease with himself," said Faraba Fofana of Paris, who was standing inches away as Strauss-Kahn passed by.
Chased by paparazzi on motorcycles for the 19-mile drive in the rain, the couple headed to their chic brick townhouse on picturesque Place des Vosges.
The beaming couple posed and waved in their courtyard before going inside the 2-storey multi-million-dollar mansion.
A spokeswoman emerged to say Strauss-Kahn would make no comment.
The local press heralded Strauss-Kahn's homecoming. Several prominent French officials spoke out in support of him. "I am a happy neighbour," said former French Culture Minister Jack Lang, who lives down the block.
"Finally, they are freed from this humiliating and unjust situation. They proved to have an amazing strength."