As former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn returns to court on sex assault charges, France is gripped by a passionate debate over its tolerance of the sexual adventures of the political elite.In the three weeks since New York police shattered the wall of silence that protects senior French figures by arresting the presidential frontrunner, there has been talk of little else around the dinner tables of Paris.
PARIS — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on charges of aggravated pimping despite recommendations by prosecutors that the charges be dropped.
Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on Friday to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.
Paris — The former wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has insisted that she “didn’t know” the disgraced International Monetary Fund chief regularly took part in extramarital sex parties at home and abroad.
In her first interview concerning the “nightmare” she endured after her ex-husband was arrested on rape charges in New York in 2011, Anne Sinclair, 65, told the TV channel France 2 she had no idea he was attending orgies and having numerous affairs.
Judges have described Dominique Strauss-Kahn as “king of the party” and the “linchpin” of soirees with prostitutes that resembled “carnage on a pile of mattresses,” in a damning indictment of the disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief.
The 64-year-old, who is due to go on trial on “aggravated pimping” charges, insists he had no idea the young women who took part in a string of orgies in France and Washington were being paid to have sex with him.