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Strauss-Kahn applauded on return to IMF

The former head of the IMF requested to meet with members of the institution following charges against him being dropped.

Strauss-Kahn leaving court last week with his wife Anne Sinclair (left)
Strauss-Kahn leaving court last week with his wife Anne Sinclair (left)
Image: AP Photo/Louis Lanzano

THE FORMER CHIEF of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, received “warm applause” when he apologised to IMF staff yesterday.

Reuters reports that on his first visit since charges of sexual assault were brought against him, he drove to the headquarters of the IMF with his wife, Anne Sinclair.

Paulo Nogueira Batiasta, who represents Brazil and a group of eight Latin American countries, told Reuters that Strauss-Kahn “received a very warm welcome” and that “people clapped for very long periods”.

The meeting did not happen in front of the press.

Strauss-Kahn requested the visit himself and it was initially met with a mixed response.

The former IMF head resigned on 18 May this year after being charged with sexual assault and attempted rape of a hotel maid in New York.

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Last week, the chargers against him were dismissed.

Meanwhile, Strauss-Kahn is said to be relieved by the return of his passport, which will enable him to return home to France.

- Additional reporting by AP

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