John Lichfield
The Independent
July 6, 2011

In an extraordinary new twist to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga, a young French journalist and writer will today formally accuse the former IMF chief of attempting to rape her.

Five days after attempted rape charges against the former French presidential front-runner began to founder in New York, Tristane Banon, 31, will bring a formal complaint in Paris that Mr Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her during an interview in 2002.

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers immediately counter-attacked. They said the attack was “imaginary” and he would sue the young woman.

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