Things to know about former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Prominent Socialist Party politician in France and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Strauss-Kahn has been acquitted of aggravated pimping charges by a French court.

Below are the facts need to know about him:

  • Strauss-Kahn was born on 25 April 1949 in Paris.
  •  Strauss-Kahn has been a prominent Socialist Party politician in France.
Who is Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
  • He graduated from the prestigious business school HEC Paris in 1971, and the elite Sciences-Po in 1972.
  • From 1977 to 1981, Strauss-Kahn served at the University of Nancy-II and University of Nanterre.
  • He joined Socialist Party in 1981; he was first elected to French parliament in 1986.
  • He is known for his business and political acumen, and being a ladies' man. 
  • In 2008, he was investigated for an affair with an IMF employee.
  • In 2011, he was arrested for sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City. The charges were eventually dismissed.
  • On the heels of electoral defeat in 19193 Strauss-Kahn left politics in favor of a lucrative career in the private sector, working as a corporate lawyer.
  • He was back to politics in 1997. Later served as Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry under prime minister Lionel Jospin.
  • Strauss-Kahn played a key role in the launch of the Euro, and represented France to the IMF.
  • From 2001 to 2007, Strauss-Kahn was reelected three times to France's National Assembly. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully for the Socialist nomination for president.
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