French pimping trial starts for ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going on trial for sex charges in France – the nation where he once was considered a top presidential contender. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, whose career went down in flames amid accusations of sexually assaulting a hotel maid

in New York, is facing similarly shocking charges in France: aggravated pimping and involvement in a prostitution ring operating out of luxury hotels. The French economist known widely as DSK faces up to 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine, as he and more than a dozen other French and Belgian businessmen and police officers go on trial beginning Monday in the northern French city of Lille.



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