Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government?

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

"The pen is mightier than the sword"

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Russia targets McDonald's over tensions with West

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Liberian authorities admit 17 patients are missing

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing Foley execution images

Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Deadly street battles hit Ukrainian rebel stronghold

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

France

Strauss-Kahn addresses sex charges in TV interview

Video by Shona BHATTACHARYYA , Jade BARKER

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-09-18

Much of France will tune in to television station TF1 on Sunday to watch former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn discuss the two claims of attempted rape that have dashed the onetime Socialist presidential favourite's political ambitions.

AFP - Four months after he was paraded hand-cuffed by New York police, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was Sunday to try to put two attempted rape accusations behind him in a television interview.

Since returning home, the former presidential frontrunner has been under pressure to explain himself, and chose to do so on France's main Sunday news show, where he will be interviewed by a friend of his loyal wife.

Feminists plan to protest outside the TF1 network when the 62-year-old Socialist arrives for what is expected to be a gentle and carefully prepared run-through the events surrounding of the collapse of his political career.

"I'm expecting him to address all the questions without slipping into inappropriate voyeurism," said lawmaker and Strauss-Kahn ally Jean-Marie Le Guen. "The French want an explanation, not some great revelations."

Four months ago Strauss-Kahn was expected to win the Socialist nomination for next year's French presidential election, and polls made him favourite to go on to sweep centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy from office.

But that was before he committed what he now says was an "error" during a seven-minute sexual encounter with a New York hotel chambermaid, who promptly accused him of subjecting her to a degrading sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested, handcuffed and briefly jailed, but the criminal trial collapsed when the New York prosecutor said the Guinean maid Nafissatou Diallo's past history of deceit made her an unreliable witness.

Strauss-Kahn has firmly denied that his brief encounter with Diallo was forced -- and his multi-millionaire heiress wife Anne Sinclair has stood by him -- but he still faces at least two more legal battles.

Diallo is pressing forward with a civil case for damages despite the end of criminal charges, and another woman, 32-year-old French writer Tristane Banon, has accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003.

Police interviewed Strauss-Kahn about this charge this week, and a source close to the inquiry told AFP he had admitted "making an advance" on Banon -- the daughter of a friend and a woman 30 years his junior.

Again, he angrily insists no force was used. As yet, Paris prosecutors have not decided whether or not to charge Strauss-Kahn in the Banon case, but legal observers here feel it would be a hard case to prove eight years on.

In an IFOP poll published by the Journal du Dimanche, slightly more than half the respondents said they wanted DSK -- as he is known in France -- to announce his retirement from public life.

Only one in five of the voters surveyed said he should still run in the presidential race -- a prospect that most pollsters and political observers now say is extremely remote, not to say unthinkable.

The Socialist party primary camapign has now got underway without DSK, and none of the other candidates would welcome their former comrade's interference in the already tight race while the scandal still hangs over him.

One, anti-globalist outsider Arnaud de Montebourg, urged Strauss-Kahn to apologise for embarrassing the left, and party leader Martine Aubry distanced herself, saying she thinks "what most women think" about her former ally.

One woman, DSK's ever-loyal wife former newsreader Sinclair, has clearly forgiven him, but many others are incensed by the warm welcome he has received in some quarters back in France since US charges were dropped.

He will be interviewed on TFI by Claire Chazal, who has anchored the Sunday bulletin for 20 years. She is a friend and former colleague of Sinclair, and has said she admires her for standing by her husband.

Feminist group "La Barbe" -- known for it's ironic protests and for wearing false beards at demos -- has sarcastically called for a protest outside TF1 "in support of the Great White Men and their virile traditions."

Date created : 2011-09-18

  • FRANCE

    Strauss-Kahn admits making pass at young author

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Strauss-Kahn questioned in 2003 sex assault claim

    Read more

  • JUSTICE

    Judge dismisses charges against Strauss-Kahn

    Read more

COMMENT(S)