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Monday, 25 July 2011

Strauss-Kahn,current Allegations and a Decade ago

Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn born in 25 April 1949, often referred to in the media as DSK, is a French economist, lawyer, and politician, and a member of the French Socialist Party. Strauss-Kahn became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 28 September 2007, with the backing of his country's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and served in that role until his resignation on 18 May 2011.

He is a professor of economics at the Paris Institute for Political Studies. Strauss-Kahn was Minister of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 1999 as part of Lionel Jospin's "Plural Left" government. He belongs to the right wing of the PS (which is on the center-left of French politics) and sought the nomination in the primaries to the Socialist presidential candidacy for the 2007 election, but he was defeated by Ségolène Royal in November 2006.

In May 2011, Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York City and charged with the sexual assault of a housekeeper who entered his Sofitel hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of not guilty, and denied all charges.
The New York hotel maid who accuses former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in a hotel suite has given her first interview.
Nafissatou Diallo told Newsweek magazine that she has told the truth about the incident on 14 May.
The French politician, 62, who resigned as head of the IMF to defend himself, vigorously denies all the charges.
He has said that what happened with Ms Diallo was consensual, and his lawyers have described the maid's interview as "unseemly".
Mr Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on 1 July and had his $6m (£3.7m) cash bail and bond returned.
Meanwhile, French authorities are investigating allegations that Mr Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape French writer Tristane Banon a decade earlier.

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