By Dave Clark
PARIS — Former political allies of disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to distance themselves on Tuesday after he was charged with pimping less than a month before presidential elections.
Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist minister and former presidential favourite had been released late Monday on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail after being charged with “aggravated pimping as part of an organized gang.”
The former world statesman’s implication in a long series of scandals and court cases has proved an embarrassment to his party, which once hoped he would bear its colours in next month’s presidential race.
Instead, former party leader Francois Hollande is standing as the Socialist candidate against incumbent right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy, while Strauss-Kahn prepares a defence against a charge that carries a 20-year prison term.
“It’s a private matter. It’s painful, but not something that I have to make a political judgement about,”…
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