IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn quits

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned following allegations he sexually assaulted a Sofitel maid in New York.

Accused sex predator Dominique Strauss-Kahn abruptly stepped down as the head of the International Monetary Fund on yesterday night.

“I think at this time first of my wife – whom I love more than anything – of my children, of my family, of my friends. I think also of my colleagues at the Fund.”

The French powerbroker, as the picture shows, is being forced to wear a blue suicide-prevention smock.

He said he denied “with the greatest possible firmness” all of the allegations against him, but said he wanted to protect the IMF.

The IMF said it would release information “in the near future” about appointing a successor.

The organisation’s deputy, John Lipsky, has been in interim control of the IMF since Mr Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on Saturday.

Mr Strauss-Kahn faces a number of charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 32-year-old maid in New York’s Sofitel hotel on 14 May.

They are:

  • One count of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Degree, a B misdemeanor, in violation of N.Y. Penal Law 130.55
  • Two counts of Criminal Sex Act by Force, 1st Degree, B felonies, both violating P.L 130.50
  • One count of Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd Degree, an A misdemeanor, in violation of P.L. 135.05
  • One count of Sexual Abuse: Contact – Forcible Compulsion, a D felony, in violation of P.L. 130.65
  • One count of Forcible Touching, an A misdemeanor, in violation of P.L. 130.52

Police have removed a piece of carpet from the Sofitel hotel, in search of evidence to support the maid’s allegation she was forced into an act of oral sex.

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said on Monday that the defence believes the forensic evidence “will not be consistent with a forcible encounter”.

Who is Dominique Strauss Khan?

Strauss-Kahn has four daughters and has been married to his third wife, very popular French journalist Anne Sinclair, since 1991. She was so admired in France that DSK was for a long time known as “Mr Sinclair”. And in France, it is commonly said that Anne Sinclair is the one pushing him to the Presidential.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was born in the wealthy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He is the son of Gilbert Strauss-Kahn, a legal and tax advisor and member of the Grand Orient de France, and journalist Jacqueline Fellus. Strauss-Kahn’s father was born to an Alsatian Jewish father and a Catholic mother from Lorraine; Strauss-Kahn’s mother is from a Jewish family in Tunisia.

He graduated from HEC Paris in 1971 and from Sciences-Po in 1972. He sat and failed the entrance examination for École nationale d’administration, but obtained a degree in public law, as well as a Ph.D. and an agrégation (1977) in economics at the Université Paris X (Nanterre).

Strauss-Kahn was first an activist member of the Union of Communist Students, before joining in the 1970s the Centre d’études, de recherches et d’éducation socialiste (Centre on Socialist Education Studies and Research, CERES) led by Jean-Pierre Chevènement, future presidential candidate for the 2002 election. There, he befriended the future Prime Minister of France Lionel Jospin (PS).

After the election of President François Mitterrand (PS) in 1981, he decided to stay out of government. He got involved in the Socialist Party (PS), which was led by Lionel Jospin, and founded Socialisme et judaïsme (“Socialism and Judaism”).

In 1986 he was elected deputy for the first time in the Haute-Savoie department, and in 1988 in the Val-d’Oise department. He became chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Finances, famously exchanging heated words with the Finance Minister Pierre Bérégovoy (PS).

In 1991, he was nominated by Mitterrand to be Junior Minister for Industry and Foreign Trade in Édith Cresson’s social-democrat government. He kept his position in Pierre Bérégovoy’s government until the 1993 general elections.

In 1997, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (PS) appointed Strauss-Kahn as Minister for Economics, Finance and Industry, making him one of the most influential ministers in his Plural Left government.

Strauss-Kahn sought the nomination for the Socialist candidacy in the 2007 presidential election. His challengers were former prime minister Laurent Fabius and Ségolène Royal, the president of the Poitou-Charentes region.


Ségolène Royal

Laurent Fabius

Strauss-Kahn finished second, behind Royal. On 13 April 2007, Strauss-Kahn called for an “anti-Sarkozy front” between the two rounds of the forthcoming presidential election.  Following Ségolène Royal’s defeat, Strauss-Kahn criticized the PS’s strategy and its chairman, François Hollande. Along with Fabius, he then resigned from the party’s national directorate in June 2007. Strauss-Kahn had been widely expected to seek the Socialist nomination for President of France in 2012, and was considered an early favorite.

On 10 July 2007, he became the consensus European nominee to be the head of the IMF, with the personal support of President Nicolas Sarkozy (member of the right UMP party). Former Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka withdrew his candidacy as it was opposed by the majority of European countries.  Some critics alleged that Sarkozy proposed Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the IMF to deprive the Socialist Party of one of its more popular figures.

Strauss-Kahn became the front runner in the race to become Managing Director of the IMF, with the support of the 27-nation European Union, the United States, China and most of Africa. Strauss-Kahn replaced Spain’s Rodrigo Rato. On 30 September 2007, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally named as the new head of the International Monetary Fund.

Any other allegations of sexual misconduct?

Yes indeed!

In fact, Tristane Banon, a French journalist and writer, accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2002, but she did not press charges.

Tristane is planning to file a legal complaint relating to the alleged attack and this won’t help DSK’s defence.

Why French people think this story is a setup?

57% of them believe so!

According to different polls made in France, DSK is the only left-wing politician to be able to beat unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy.  And this event will definitely transform the French presidential race.

So socialists are deeply shocked and disappointed by what happened and are searching for a reason and the only one find is the SETUP.

Today, French socialists are seeing their hope of winning the next election flying.  And it is commonly believe in France that DSK has been setup either by Ségolène Royal (DSK left wing competitor), Nicolas Sarkozy himself or Marine Le Pen.

Marine Le Pen

Here are French comments

(I believe that the poll will take another direction according to these comments)

Contrairement a la France aux USA, le fric n achètes pas le silence des médias ni le silence des personnes mais je pense que dans cet autre pays c est le contraire : plus on a de frics plus on a des emmerdes

In the USA, money doesn’t buy the silence of the media or the silence of anybody. In fact, in this country, I believe the more you have money, the more you are in trouble.

Stop !!! On en a marre ! On oublie le plus important dans cette enquête: à quelle heure a-t-il fait un caca d’homme libre pour la dernière fois ?

Stop!!!  Fed up! We forget the most important fact in this investigation:  when did he poo as a free man for the last time?

Quand je pense que tout les médias cachait cet aspect de sa personnalité, au lieu d’en informer les Français qui aurait pu l’élire à la magistrature suprême par faute de renseignement.

When I think that the media have hidden this aspect of his personality instead of informing the French people about it who would have been able to elect him (…) by for lack of information.

Pauvre France de Gauche.
Ou nous voyons un BHL dire” Dominique Strauss Khan n’est pas un justiciable comme les autres”
Bien!!!
Un Jean François Khan dire ” c’est du troussage de domestique cette affaire.
Très Bien !!!
Un Jack Lang de confirmer ” c’est juste un troussage”.
Excellent !!!.
Et ces trois coco de fustiger la justice américaine parce qu’elle ne fait pas la différence entre le puissant et nous le peuple. (…)
Poor French left-wing.

Where we see a BHL saying “Dominique Strauss Khan is not a citizen like the others”

Indeed!!!

A Jean François Khan saying “this story is just a maid’s f**k”.

Very well!!!

A Jack Lang to confirm ” it is just a f**k “.

Excellent!!!

And these three blokes fustigate the American justice because it does not make the difference between the powerful people and US “the people”

What is your point of view?

Sources:

  • Yahoo France (comments)
  • Wikipedia France and US
  • Daily news
  • BBC
  • Reuters
  • New York Daily news
  • Libération France
  • Le Point France

About frenchychic

Born and raised in Paris, I am a Marketing and Sales professional. And now, I am a blogger! I used to be Australian, German and French (Parisian) and now a Londoner lady since February 2010. I love everything about France: the food, the wine, the fragrances, the designers, the music and our attitude, energy & character. My blog is not all about cosmetics nor fashion, is about what is happening in the world in a French perspective: how do we think? What do we think? Why do we thing like this? And what do we French think about YOU strangers from all over the world! It was my passion for arts, culture, international events & news, fashion that drove me into creating La French Attitude and I love every minute of it and I hope you too! Enjoy! Sté xxx

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