Keyword: Dominique Strauss-Kahn

New York DA set to drop DSK charges

New York Post exclusive quotes 'top investigator' saying dismissal of charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn within two weeks "a certainty".

The Strauss-Kahn effect

Until last Friday, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York seemed a chance to break the code of silence that enveloped such cases in France.

French woman sues Strauss-Kahn for 'attempted rape'

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A 32 year-old French writer, Tristane Banon (photo), is filing a complaint against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for attempting to rape her in 2003, her lawyer announced.

Strauss-Kahn could yet be French PM

Speculation mounts that the former favourite for president could still occupy power place if another Socialist wins the election next year.

Strauss-Kahn freed on doubts over accuser but remains charged

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Former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested in New York on May 14th for the attempted rape and sexual assault of a Manhattan hotel chambermaid, was granted release from house arrest and freed of his electronic tag Friday after New York prosecutors admitted doubts over the credibility of his alleged victim. While the sex assault charges against him, including attempted rape, remain, the dramatic turn in events saw some in France believing he could yet return for next year's presidential election race.

French socialists talk of DSK political comeback

Reports that prosecution case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn could collapse stun France and revive hopes for some for his return to politics.

DSK: 'Thunderbolt' news for France

French media envisages DSK's rehabilitation on reports sex case will collapse, sounding a "thunderbolt" for former Socialist PM Lionel Jospin.

Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

Sexual harassment and the 'before and after DSK' effect on France


During an appearance before New York's Supreme Court on Monday, former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of ‘not guilty' to charges that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Whatever the outcome of the case, for which Strauss-Kahn is next due in court on July 18th, it has already sparked a passionate national debate in France over what many see as a compliant culture towards the abusive behaviour of men in power. Here, Joseph Confavreux interviews one of France's leading specialists in moral and sexual harassment, the US-trained psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen (photo), who explains why she believes there will be "a before and an after DSK" effect on French public attitudes to a problem until now taboo.

How DSK and his spin team kept dark allegations secret

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The arrest last month in New York of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex assault charges overnight destroyed his expected candidature, and widely-forecast victory, in next year's French presidential elections. His communications team spent years crafting a presidential image and coercing journalists and publishers to obscure events and reports that might damage it, notably allegations that he sexually assaulted a young writer and journalist, Tristane Banon, in 2002. "I would prefer that you don't talk about it", Strauss-Kahn allegedly told the author of a biography (photo) published just ten days before his arrest. Karl Laske reports.

Libido dominandi

The prosecution of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, replete with a whopping litany of criminal charges, spotlights in the worst way - violence and worldwide voyeurism - what France has never been able to face squarely: the nation's connivance in what are conventionally blue-pencilled as the frasques, or ‘escapades', of its political personnel, writes Antoine Perraud.

French Socialist leaders 'knew of Strauss-Kahn 2002 sex attack allegations'

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French Socialist Party leaders were informed about an alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon 22 year-old journalist Tristane Banon in 2002 but failed to take action, her mother (photo) has told Mediapart. Socialist Party heavyweight Strauss-Kahn was expected to run as the party's candidate in next year's French presidential elections, which opinion polls widely forecast he would win until his arrest May 14th in New York on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.

'No strategy left' for Strauss-Kahn's Euro RSCG spin team


Riding high in opinion polls, IMF Managing Director and veteran French Socialist Party heavyweight Dominique Strauss-Kahn was until last weekend on course to sweep Nicolas Sarkozy out of office in next year's presidential elections. But the one event that his slick, high-flying communications team had not allowed for, and to which they admit having no answer to, was his arrest in New York on sex assault charges. Karl Laske reports on the grounded spin strategists from Euro RSCG.

Strauss-Kahn legal move to ban 'sickening' custody pictures

The arrest and imprisonment in New York of FMI chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex assault charges sent shockwaves through French political and public opinion. There was outcry from many politicians over images showing the man many forecast would become the country's next socialist president in handcuffs and arraigned before a Manhattan judge. Controversial legal moves are now underway to try to ban any further broadcasting or publication of the pictures.

Strauss-Kahn refused bail on sex assault charges

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to remain in police custody in New York after a Manhattan court on Monday decided he was a flight risk and denied him $1 million bail on sex assault charges. Strauss-Kahn, who until this weekend was tipped by opinion polls as the likely winner of next year's French presidential elections, faces up to 25 years in jail if found guilty of charges of perpetrating a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a chambermaid at a luxury New York hotel on Saturday. "This battle has just begun," announced defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman.