France: Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn in sex trial

- Dominique Strauss-Kahn stands accused of procuring prostitutes for luxury sex parties.

PARIS (AA) - Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn goes on trial on Monday accused of pimping for luxury sex parties. 

Strauss-Kahn, who was a candidate for president for the French Socialist party, is accused of participating in a prostitution ring that extended from the north of France to Brussels, Washington and New York.

Strauss-Kahn will be tried in the northern French city of Lille, with 13 other defendants, including Dominique Alderweireld, a sex club owner known as "Dodo the Pimp". 

Strauss-Kahn is charged with “procurement for a group” - or pimping - for allegedly making prostitutes available at luxurious sex parties around the world.

He has admitted attending the parties, but denied procuring prostitutes for them. 

It is legal to have sex with prostitutes in France, but it is illegal to pimp, meaning that prostitutes are procured for the sale of sex.

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