DSK: the fall of a pretender to the Elysee

Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

There was one year, Dominique Strauss-Khan was head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and grand-runner at the Elysee Palace, managed when the news of his arrest for a sex scandal in New York. A year later to the day, by a cruel coincidence, it is rival Francois Hollande is sworn in as President of the Republic. Back to forfeiture precipitated by two cases, say the Sofitel and Carlton, who never ceased to intersect throughout the year.

December 2006

This year, a note from the police, the Elysee's possession, evokes the presence of DSK "in an awkward position in a car west of Paris," in the vicinity of "a mecca of meetings priced. " The episode will be reported at a meeting of the Socialist deputy Julien Dray, head of domestic intelligence Bernard Squarcini, and the new Chief of Staff of the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI), Max Torossian two weeks before the arrest of DSK in New York. These two sure they do not talk during the presidential campaign looming.

Read: "What Sarkozy knew DSK" (subscriber link)

2008, Nagy affair

The Socialist became head of the IMF last year when, in October 2008, the IMF shows have commissioned a law firm to investigate its connection with a Hungarian economist who works in Africa department of the institution, Piroska Nagy. This is an early warning to DSK, whose sexual escapades are already for many a secret. The institution ultimately whitens his boss all charges of abuse of power, and DSK is doing recognizing "an error of judgment."

Read: In the United States, sex cases are taken very seriously (subscriber link)

After this case, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is more discreet in American social life. But do not abandon his libertine life. In July 2010, for example, he decided at the last moment not to participate in the traditional galette which brings together French employees of the IMF and the World Bank, to find a group of friends "libertines", many names will be cited later in the case of Carlton Lille. The same meeting will end at the same W Hotel Washington, between 11 and 13 May 2011, is on the eve of the collapse of the case of the Sofitel New York.

A read DSK: how the IMF boss hide his double life

Saturday, May 14

Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived in New York the night before, and slept in the VIP suite number 2806 of the Sofitel. At noon, a maid, Nafissatou Diallo, entered the suite, she believes empty, she said. According to his statement to the police, then DSK out naked in the bathroom, approached her "behind" him trying to "touch her breasts." He then closed the door with a lock, before the result of the hallway to the bedroom, and throw on the bed. The indictment then describes "an attempt to obtain by force anal and oral sex," another "to have, by force of vaginal intercourse" and to "bring his penis in contact with the mouth of the complainant on two occasions. "

At 12 h 20, the victim managed to escape would be the result. His testimony is recorded at 12 h 38, according to the internal register of the Sofitel. The police called an hour later.

Meanwhile, DSK left the hotel at 12: 30 pm, lunch with his daughter, then went to the airport where he has to take a flight to Paris, booked a long time, where are organized political appointments to the French presidential election, and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

At the airport, DSK realizes that his cell phone was gone. At 15 h 40, it calls the direction of Sofitel in to inquire. The police already there, listen to conversation, and sign the security to ask him where to take the phone. The police has only come pick at 16 h 40, when it is already installed in the first class cabin of the aircraft. It is conducted at the police station in Harlem, where Unit NYPD charge of sexual crimes will question him, and where he remained for almost 43 hours in custody. At 2 h 15 am, he is formally charged with "criminal sexual act, attempted rape and kidnapping."

The story: "The 36 hours when everything changed" (subscriber link)

To read: "Dominique Strauss-Kahn: seven days a descent into hell" (subscriber link)

At the time of Paris, it is 22 h 40 when DSK is arrested. At 23 h 45, the owner of Sofitel New York prevents permanencier Parisian hotel group, who calls his boss, Mr. Querry. The latter called Angel Mancini, intelligence coordinator at the Elysee, which prevents the Director of the Office of the President, Christian Fremont, around midnight. Around 2:00 in the morning, while the New York Post and the New York Times revealed the arrest of DSK, Nicolas Sarkozy has warned his new tour.

To read: "We do not wake the president"

Sunday, May 15

Images of Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed, Sunday, May 15, broadcast on all French television.

At the police station in Harlem, two American lawyers of DSK, Ben Brafman and William Taylor, met the deputy prosecutor, member of the Sex Crimes Unit, John Artie McConnell, the police in Harlem. Conditional bail is then discussed. Later in the evening shift Lisa Friel, chief deputy prosecutor and reputation of the Sex Crimes Unit, launches lawyers: "There will be no bail. I am removed from the case. "

The turnaround feeds the conspiracy theory that begins to be distilled by relatives and lawyers of DSK: would it have been caused by an external intervention, "French authority" maybe. The rebound in fact find its cause in an internal conflict in the prosecutor's office in New York. Attorney Cyrus Vance - haunted by the memory leak by Roman Polanski and the fact that France does not extradite its citizens to the United States - is incarceration. Lisa Friel, in favor of parole to give more time Nafisatou Diallo to prepare his defense - will be sacked.

Read: "What really happened May 15, 2011"

Monday, May 16

DSK going to court under the influence of a triple for conviction - "criminal sexual act, attempted rape and kidnapping" - for which risk between fifteen and twenty years in prison for each of the first two offenses, and between three and five years for the third. If the judicial process is far from being already made, "media-and politically, Mr. Strauss-Kahn has been judged already," notes already Le Monde in its editorial.

Read: The legal time against political time

A wave of consequences - political, economic, financial - are beginning to shatter.

IMF, beyond the thunder, it is envisaged that "the neutralization of the boss [the institution] complicates the G20 under the French Presidency. The faith of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in multilateralism and negotiation skills made the midwife of global consensus. Nobody can replace 27 May G8 Deauville. "

Read: "The departure of the head of the IMF disrupt global economic negotiations"

EU side, it refers to "a blow to the euro area, at a time when it is still struggling to overcome the crisis that rolled its weakest members for eighteen month: Greece, Ireland and Portugal. (.) Since early 2010, Mr. Strauss-Kahn had become, with Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), one of the key cogs in the management of the sovereign debt crisis. "

Read: "A key player in the rescue of the euro zone" (subscriber link)

PS side, the party loses its favorite to face Nicolas Sarkozy a few months of the primaries. Francois Hollande, Segolene Royal, Arnaud Montebourg already officially declared, while Martine Aubry said bound by a "pact" with DSK.

See portfolio: "Presidential: who will be the candidate of the Socialist Party"

Right, three guidelines: say nothing, do not take the theme of France humiliated and respect the presumption of innocence. "What was feared or hoped goes as planned, even if it is faster than expected," said a heavy weight of the UMP.

To read: "The right balance between caution and schadenfreude" (subscriber link)

At the same time, begins to bloom conspiracy theory, which is spreading like wildfire on the Internet and in the mouths of some politicians. Even Christine Boutin "think, probably, it was a trap for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and he fell into it."

Read: "The conspiracy theory flowers left and right" (subscriber link)

Read: How a tweet cast doubt on the DSK

May 18

Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as Managing Director of the IMF. "I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations against me, "he wrote in his letter.

May 19

Document prepared for the arrival of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Rikers Island, May 18, 2011.

New hearing before the Criminal Court of the State of New York. Deputy Prosecutor John McConnell, repeated the threat of leakage of the accused is real. But the judge accepts the release of DSK, under draconian conditions: submission of all travel documents, deposit $ 1 million deposit and an additional $ 5 million, which will be entered by the court if the defendant does not meet the conditions.

May 25

DSK moved into its "golden prison" in Tribeca, very chic southwest of Manhattan. House arrest, it is equipped with an electronic bracelet and monitored by cameras and two armed guards, in a rented house sublime 35 000 euros per month.

To read: "DSK moved into a house in New York" (subscriber link)

June 6

As expected, Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty at a new court hearing.

1 July

Following a ten-minute hearing, the judge set aside the arrest of DSK. A change that is due to the loss of credibility of Nafissatou Diallo: "Poor dating, lies about his past, tax evasion, a chronology of random facts put together, the evidence accumulated by the prosecutor's office after revelation of incriminating wiretap eventually tarnish the portrait of Nafissatou Diallo. "

Read: "The elements which sway the credibility of Nafissatou Diallo"

To read: "DSK: the reversal of American justice"

July 5

The young writer Tristane Banon during his public intervention on the Place du Chatelet, Paris, on September 24.

Tristane Banon complaint against DSK for events dating back to 2003: the writer journalist accuses him of attempted rape during a meeting for an interview in a Paris apartment.

"He wanted us to go on the couch, then I hold his hand to answer, 'if I can do it not,' he has said. I wanted to go. He stopped the Dictaphone, caught me by the hand and arm, I asked him to let me go, "said the young woman to L'Express. She says "the sordid details": "his fingers in my mouth", "his hands in my pants after blow my jeans and bra under my black turtleneck ...".

The prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation three days later. Immediately DSK complaint for false accusation.

Read: "The complaint against Tristan Banon DSK was sent to the prosecutor"

To read: "Case Tristane Banon: The Paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation"

Read: "The detailed story Tristan Banon investigators" (subscriber link)

July 25

Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer Kenneth Thompson during the first press conference of the old maid, July 28, 2011 in New York.

Nafissatou Diallo leaves his silence. In interviews to Newsweek and ABC it against attack and describes his version of events.

Alire, "Nafissatou Diallo: 'I have no choice, I have to show myself in public"

To read: "DSK: Nafissatou Diallo against attack with his story" (subscriber link)

August 8

Nafissatou Diallo files a civil complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn after the "violent and sadistic attack" that she was the victim. The complaint of the maid of 32 years refers to "the payment of damages" in compensation for moral and physical harm.

August 23

American justice confirms the end of prosecutions for sexual assault against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ending the criminal aspect of the case. But counsel for the State of New York does not completely whitened DSK: it simply recognizes that inconsistencies revealed during the investigation, in the version of the young woman would not allow him to convince twelve jurors good faith it beyond reasonable doubt.

Read: Despite the dismissal, a ruthless business

Read: The prosecutor recommended the court to drop charges against Strauss-Kahn (subscriber link)

Read: In fifteen minutes, the case 'The people of New York vs. DSK has been sealed (subscriber link)

September 4

Highly anticipated, the former IMF chief landed at 7 am to 05 Paris Roissy airport on Sunday September 4.

DSK made a remarkable return to France.

To read: "DSK smiles, salutes and then goes: the film of his return"

September 18

JT TF1 first public more than four months after his arrest, he evokes a "moral failing." And casts doubt: "A trap is possible. A conspiracy, we'll see. "

The same weekend, an American journalist, Edward Jay Epstein, published a long article entitled "What really happened to Strauss-Kahn?" the elitist New York Review of Books. Full of approximations, the article raises many questions about the events of May 15.

To read: "DSK at the Sofitel, the mask of the plot"

October 13

After nearly four months of investigation, the complaint Tristane Banon no further action by the prosecutor. The facts, reclassified as a crime of sexual assault, are now prescribed. The refrain, October 19, to file a new complaint.

Read: "The complaint against Tristan Banon Dominique Strauss-Kahn no further action"

To read: "Rejected by Banon DSK says he 'now released' his grasp"

October 16

The name of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is quoted in the press in the case of pandering Dominique Alderweireld, alias "Dodo Brine." Immediately DSK application "to be heard as soon as possible" by the judges, hoping he "put an end to the insinuations and extrapolations risky and again malicious". This file pimping time since late March, when a judicial investigation was opened against X for "conspiracy" and "money" for acts committed between 2008 and 2011. In early October, the investigation accelerates sharply with the arrest in Belgium Dodo Brine, which is related to René Kojfer, public relations officer of Carlton Lille.

To read: "Dodo Brine, bars and hostess services to notable Lille

October 20

Jean-Christophe Lagarde, chief of police of North questioned as the investigation showed he joined the IMF chief in Washington with young women. According to sources familiar with the matter, the implication of this is presented as a "super cop" and a "leader of men" is no longer in doubt.

To read: "Travel Commissioner Lagarde at the heart of the DSK case of Carlton"

October 27

Before the General Inspectorate of the National Police, the officer Jean-Claude Menault gives his version of the American getaway which he participated with Jean-Christophe Lagarde, DSK and young women. "I was trapped in this case," insisted the officer in front of his peers.

November 23

Denis Gumez, former head of the vice squad of Lille, is placed in custody for two days. The police captain knows very well René Kojfer, the public relations officer of Carlton, indicted for "aggravated pimping" and "conspiracy." Since early October, it is a dozen officers from the North who were heard in this case.

To read: "Carlton: the former head of the vice squad heard" (subscriber link)

December 8

BFM-TV broadcasts the CCTV footage from the Sofitel, including the famous "dance of joy" employees of the New York hotel - which lasts about ten seconds, and was used by the journalist Edward Jay Epstein in favor a conspiracy theory.

To read: "DSK affair: Sofitel videos distributed by BFM-TV"

February 22

After 32 hours in custody, DSK spring free from the police barracks in Lille where he was heard in the case of so-called "Carlton". Investigators from the police for their part, asked Strauss-Kahn about libertine parties which he participated, to determine if he knew that the women who participated were prostitutes, and he was one way or another organizer. Besides the three trips to Washington, the case has many other evenings. Some have been held in Paris at L'Aventure club-restaurant, but in an apartment in the Avenue d'Iena belonging "to a libertine friend Dominique Strauss-Kahn" and the Hotel Murano. Others have been held in Lille, Hotel Lille Europe and in Belgium, especially in a complex where the recording studios were loaned to traders. The trips were organized and financed by two entrepreneurs in the Pas-de-Calais, both indicted. This is Fabrice Paszkowski, head of a medical equipment company, and David Roquet, former director of a subsidiary of construction group Eiffage, North coated materials.

Read: "What the police has accumulated on DSK in the case of Carlton"

To read: "DSK and his secret riding"

Read: How DSK is linked with 'senior officers'

March 26, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was indicted for "aggravated pimping by an organized gang" by the judges in the case of Carlton. Police and magistrates are convinced that these "fine particles" were set up expressly for him, according to his stops in Paris or elsewhere. "We were there mainly for DSK. Others, who cares," says Estelle and an escort girl.

This is the tune of thousands of text messages that Fabrice Paszkowski and the IMF chief established their "planning", "Is that Sylvie do you care?" Asks his friend, 19 January 2010. "Sure," replied DSK. "Who will you have in your luggage? "Sensor turn the former socialist minister. The escort girls also reported violent scenes during the evening, which expire from mid-May 2011. On March 28, according to Liberation, the judges assigned to the case of Carlton Lille inform the prosecutor that the facts on which they were instructed could be qualified "gang rape."

Read: Case of Carlton that show the PV custody of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

To read: "Case Carlton in minutes, the ball courtiers"

To read: "Carlton Affair: DSK indicted for pimping" (subscriber link)

End of April

The journalist Edward Epstein reiterated his conspiracy theory in a book, excerpts of which appeared in The Guardian.

To read: "For Edward Epstein, 'DSK became the main target of French services"

See also edition subscribers:

Computer graphics: "Three minutes to understand the DSK"

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