Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),  and 13 others are charged with hiring prostitutes for orgies in a case known as the “Carlton Affair” for the name of the hotel in Lille where some of the sex parties took place. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg.

A French prosecutor has urged judges to clear Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of aggravated pimping. The intervention comes after two weeks o(...)

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn  leaves his hotel to attend the trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, in Lille on Wednesday. 14 people including Strauss-Kahn stand accused of sex offences including the alleged procuring of prostitutes. Strauss-Kahn is charged with “procuring with aggravating circumstances”. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused at his trial in Lille of forcing a prostitute to perform sex acts against her will at a Brussels hotel. Sandrine Va(...)

Fourteen people in all, including Dominique Strauss-Kahn, are defendants in the “Carlton Affair” trial, so named after the hotel in Lille that sparked the investigation into a sex ring. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court on Tuesday he did not know the women at “festive and playful” sex parties he attended were prostitutes, say(...)

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (partially seen in backseat of car) arrives for the start of a trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, in Lille on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, will go on trial in Lille on Monday accused of pimping, in a case that (...)