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.
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.
If former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn survives his trial on sex assault charges it will be largely thanks to the apparently limitless love and money supplied by his wife Anne Sinclair.Once France's best-loved television journalist, the blue-eyed 62-year-old socialite abandoned her own career to support her husband and was seen as the driving force behind his doomed bid to win the French presidency.