Will Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career get a fresh start?
US sexual abuse charges against French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped soon, but a French novelist now says she will charge him with attempted rape.
New York media today report that sexual assault charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief and a French Socialist Party heavyweight, may be dropped in a matter of days.
But in a dramatic shift in the month-long saga, French novelist Tristane Banon – who has steadily accused Strauss-Kahn of violent sexual overtures – now says she will charge him with attempted rape in 2002.
The Banon charges hit at a time when a purported new French feminist pushback against unwanted male advances is competing in the French mind with a strong and proud claim that Strauss-Kahn has been exonerated and was victimized by an overeager and puzzling US judicial process.