Keyword: Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Strauss-Kahn refused bail on sex assault charges

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (photo) is to remain in police custody in New York after a Manhattan court 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 New York hotel on Saturday. "This battle has just begun," announced defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman.

French political scene plunged into turmoil after Strauss-Kahn sex charge arrest


The French political scene was thrown into turmoil after International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (photo), widely tipped in opinion polls as favourite to win next year's French presidential elections, was arrested in New York on charges of sexually assaulting and imprisoning a 32 year-old chambermaid in a suite at a Manhattan hotel.

  • "Forensic evidence could contain DNA": New York Times
  • IMF No 2 John Lipsky named acting managing director
  • "It looked like he got out of there in a hurry": NYPD Deputy Commissioner
  • Allegations of sexual abuse resurface in France

The myth and reality of 'President' Strauss-Kahn


Opinion polls have unanimously elected International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured) as France's next president. His huge popularity scores in the surveys show he would beat any fellow Socialist Party rival to become its candidate, and crush incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the vote itself. Or could it all be, as some experts warn, just a load of media hype?

Ségolène Royal: the return of the prodigal daughter

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Ségolène Royal has seen her political fortunes dive since her defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential elections. Ostracised by many leading Socialists, she retreated to her regional fiefdom, her future chances of a second crack at the pinnacle of power apparently destroyed. But Ségo, as she's popularly called, is not one to go quietly and now she has announced she will run in elections to choose the next Socialist Party presidential candidate. Stéphane Alliès charts a remarkable and swift political recovery.