Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Official portrait, taken for IMF in 2008

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (born 25 April 1949) is a French politician and economist of Jewish descent. He studied economics and is a professor for economics at a university in Paris. He has held different posts in the French government, and was the head of the International Monetary Fund from 2007 to 2011. In France, his name is usually abbreviated DSK.[1][2]

He is a full professor at the Paris Institute for Political Studies ("Sciences Po"). He belongs to the right wing of the Socialist Party (PS) (which is on the center-left of French politics). He was nominated in the 2006 primary elections of his party to become a candidate for the French presidential election in 2007. Ségolène Royal defeated him in these elections in November 2006.

On 14 May 2011, Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel in New York. Strauss-Kahn denies all charges.[3][4] A judge later approved his release on bail.[5]

On 18 May 2011 he resigned from his post at the IMF, in order to be able to focus on his defense.[6]

On 29 June 2011, French finance minister Christine Lagarde was elected IMF Managing director and took office on 5 July 2011.

From 1995 till 1997 he was mayor of Sarcelles.

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  1. Willsher, Kim (15 May 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sex arrest could end presidential hopes". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. (in French) "Dominique Strauss-Kahn". Les Stars: Bios de Stars. Retrieved 15 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Eligon, John (16 May 2011). "Judge Denies Bail to I.M.F. Chief in Sexual Assault Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Resignation letter". IMF.
  5. "Strauss-Kahn May Have Spent Last Night in Jail as $1 Million Bail Granted". Bloomberg.
  6. BOSCHAT, Nathalie; GAUTHIER-VILLARS, David; EL-GHOBASHY, Tamer (19 May 2011). "Strauss-Kahn Resigns From IMF". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)