The disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, plans to sue the makers of a new film allegedly based on the saga of his arrest for rape in New York in 2011.

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Jean Veil, said his client would “bring an action for defamation in the next few days”.

The film, Welcome to New York, starring Gérard Depardieu, is available on the internet through “video on demand” and will be released in cinemas in Britain – but not France – next month.

The French economist and presidential candidate in the movie, “Mr Devereux”, sexually assaults a chambermaid in a Manhattan hotel.

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