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 (...)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who starred as finance minister in a boom-time Socialist government in the late 1990s, faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5 million if convicted in the French trial.   Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him (...)