In the years before Dominique Strauss-Kahn was forced to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund in a sex scandal, his life was a whirl of meetings with some of the world’s most powerful people.
It now appears, if allegations in the French media are to be believed, that he was also spending much of those days having meetings with some very different people, with names like “Dodo Brine” and “Text-Message Man.”
Mr. Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody in Lille on Tuesday. He had expected to be questioned as a witness in the sex-ring investigation, but was told upon arrival that he’d be a suspect.
If Lille prosecutors are correct – their allegations have not been heard in court – then a circle of northern French businessmen were paying to organize what the French media discreetly call “une soirée libertine” – a sex party with prostitutes – in order to win influence with a man who many believed would soon be President of the Republic. Those orgies were allegedly paid out of funds from the corporations the men worked for.
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