Rome, April 5 – Rome prosecutors requested the shelving of a probe into ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on alleged sentence-rigging at the Council of State, Italy’s highest administrative court.
Last month the three-time former premier and media magnate was placed under investigation for alleged corruption in legal procedures.
The case concerns a ruling on March 3, 2016, by the Council of State, Italy’s top administrative court, that annulled the obligation for the ex-premier’s holding company to sell a stake held in financial services group Mediolanum.
Berlusconi’s lawyer Niccolo Ghedini told media outlets that he was sure the case would be dropped.

[June 3 2018 Forgive $296 billion of Italian debt? ]
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Arguing it is “time to abandon many taboos” on the euro, newly-appointed finance minister Giovanni Tria said it is now necessary to find “alternative solutions” to how the eurozone is being regulated.berlusconi18 5

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said while cohesion among members of the single currency bloc was important, “solidarity among euro partners should never lead to a debt union, rather it must be about helping others to help themselves.”

The Chancellor made the remarks when asked about a media report that Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League had planned to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros ($296 billion) of Italian debt.

[May 29 Cottarelli gets Berlusconi backing ]

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he’s open to running for office in Italy’s next parliamentary election as part of the same center-right bloc that won 37 percent of the vote March 4. “I cannot believe I am writing these words, but faced with the alternatives, Berlusconi might not so bad after all.” Esme O’Keeffe

Rome, May 28 – League leader Matteo Salvini that the centre-right coalition will collapse if Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia backs an interim government led by former spending review chief Carlo Cottarelli [Carlo Cottarelli, a former official at the International Monetary Fund].

[ May 13  Berlusconi rehabilitated, may run   ]

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Pascale looks on

Berlusconi may run for office.   The ban on the former prime minister seeking or holding public office was due to expire next year but the tribunal ruled that he already had been “rehabilitated”.

[ March 5 2018  Salvini not Berlusconi to lead?   ]

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Salvini and Berlusconi – heading for almost 18 percent and 14 percent respectively – appeared to have dominated the wealthier north, with the center-left squeezed into a narrow stretch of central Italy. The League emerged as the senior partner. The role reversal marks a bitter personal defeat for the billionaire media magnate.

[November 12 2017 Berlusconi: “It’s time to put Italy first again” ]

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Silvio Berlusconi, an 81-year-old, arrived at his political homecoming party on the posh island of Ischia last month aboard a fancy yacht alongside his 30-year-old live-in girlfriend Francesca Pascale and his closest advisors. The Sicilian election held on Nov. 5 marked a strong political comeback for Silvio Berlusconi, handing government of the island to a center-right bloc backed by the four-times prime minister. Berlusconi brought his Forza Italia party to a somewhat astonishing victory in regional elections in Sicily when his candidates outperformed expectations on a platform for change which, for the longest-serving elected prime minister in modern Italian history, is a curious promise. But he also embraced an anti-immigration stance promising that Italy would no longer be the welcome mat for migrants. He promised his party would cut taxes and renegotiate some key trade deals, which, as a businessman only he has the smarts and the power to do. “It’s time to put Italy first again,”

[February 28 2016 Silvio Berlusconi and 21-year old Roman Lavinia Palombini and a furious Francesca Pascale ]

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[June 21 $6.3 billion from Italy shipped to China for sneakers ]

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More than 4.5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in proceeds from counterfeiting, prostitution, labour exploitation and tax evasion had been sent to China in less than four years though a money-transfer service called Money2Money. Close to half the €4.5bn, transferred between 2007 and 2010, went through Bank of China branch in Milan. The Bank of China received €758,000 in commission for the transfers. The bank had an exclusive contract with Money2Money. Investigators said they got nowhere when they tried to appeal to Chinese authorities for help. Once the money left Italy, it vanished behind China’s great legal firewall. The case is now stalled in Italian courts, as prosecutors try to notify nearly 300 hard-to-find defendants, most of them Chinese. Prosecutors in Florence have filed a 170-page document to be reviewed by a judge, who will decide whether to file formal charges.
Money laundered through Money2Money was used to buy counterfeit goods in China, which were then smuggled back to Europe, a large import-export firm called the Wenzhou Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Foreign Trade Corporation, sent tens of thousands of fake Converse sneakers to the United States and Croatia is suspected.

[March 12 Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in “bunga bunga” final – Francesca thumbs up]

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The President of the  current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The President of the current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The Rome court Corte Suprema di Cassazione, in a ruling that is now definitive, rejected an appeal by Milan prosecutors to overturn the acquittal and to hold a new trial. It upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in his infamous “bunga bunga” case.

[February 12 Berlusconi raises 392 million euros ($447 million)]

– Fininvest, the holding company controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ,78 years (September 29, 1936), said February 12 it will sell a 7.8% stake in broadcaster Mediaset SpA.. The firm controls a 30% stake in bank Mediolanum , a 50% stake in publishing firm Mondadori and will continue to be the largest investor in Mediaset, with a 33.4% stake. It also controls soccer team A.C. Milan and other activities. But both Mediaset and Mondadori have been struggling with their finances.
The stake is worth 392 million euros ($447 million) at February 12’s closing price. Fininvest said the profits from the sale could also contribute to “investments aimed at portfolio diversification.” In 2005 the company had cut its stake in Mediaset to 34.3 percent from 51 percent.

[February 6 Berlusconi good behavior allows a higher-profile role]

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

Silvio Berlusconi will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service on good behaviour grounds. Berlusconi will also regain his freedom of movement, which was restricted under the order, enabling him to resume a higher-profile role in national politics, despite still being banned from public office.
In a trial in Bari this week, businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini and six other people are charged with having promoted prostitution because, between 2008 and 2009, they organised for 26 different young women to attend parties in various Berlusconi residences.
To a certain extent, this trial involves a replay of the infamous Rubygate trial which in June 2013 found Mr Berlusconi guilty of “abuse of office” and having underage sex with Karim “Ruby” El Mahroug, then aged 17.

That judgment was later overturned by a January 2014 appeal court ruling which acquitted the media tycoon.
At issue then and now is the exact nature of Mr Berlusconi’s parties. Were they, as his defence always claimed, “elegant dinner parties” or were they, as various participants have reported, “bunga, bunga” nights of multiple sexual encounters?

[January 31 Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party in disarray]
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Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party appeared in disarray after the vote for President on January 31, a political victory for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.. Berlusconi ordered his party to cast blank ballots after accusing Renzi of betraying what he said was a promise to give him a role in choosing the candidate. Instead, more than 30 refused, opening a wound in the party.

[December 31 Passion spent: Francesca Pascale, in Madrid, to study languages, Berlusconi in Arcore]
All is not well between the media mogul and Francesca Pascale, a former shop assistant and member of the Berlusconi fan club.The couple spent Christmas apart, with Mr Berlusconi at his principal home, Villa San Martino in Arcore. Ms Pascale, meanwhile, was settling into her a new apartment in Madrid, where she hopes to study languages. His legal travails continue as he faces charges of inducing a pimp to commit perjury and of bribing a senator to swap sides in parliament, which he denies.
[September 24 Berlusconi redux, tax case appeal granted]

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear an appeal by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi against his conviction for tax fraud in August 2013, to examine Berlusconi’s argument that he had been denied a fair trial in the case. A date had been set for the appeal to begin.

[August 6]
Rome, August 6 – Former premier Silvio Berlusconi met August 6 with Premier Matteo Renzi to discuss reforms to Italy’s discredited electoral law, now being debated in parliament. The session in the premier’s office marked the third such meeting between Berlusconi, head of the center-right Forza Italia (FI) political party, and Renzi, who leads the center-left Democratic Party (PD).
The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi August 6 in a bid to rally parliamentary support for his reform bill, which was presented with nearly 8000 amendments on its first day in parliament.

“Italy never got out of the recession. If you look at the figures it has stagnated for years,”.

[July 18 Ruby case overturned: Silvio Berlusconi sentence can be restored on appeal]

A Milan appeals court overturned a conviction of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage girl and then abusing his power in trying to cover it up. Italian prosecutors can appeal the July 18 decision to Italy’s highest appeals court. The final decision by the country’s highest appeals court isn’t likely to come before next year.
Mr. Berlusconi—who was then prime minister—phoned a Milan police station asking for information about a Moroccan woman, Karima El Mahroug, an underage nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby Heart-Stealer, who had been detained for allegedly stealing cash. Ms. El Mahroug has always denied the allegations

The billionaire politician was sentenced to seven years in prison as a result of the guilty verdict last year. Mr. Berlusconi, who was also banned from public office and ousted from Italy’s Senate as a result of the tax fraud conviction, has always denied the charges in the sex case, which dates back to May 2010.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Berlusconi pressed the police to release the woman, thus constituting abuse of power. They also argue that Mr. Berlusconi sought to have her released to cover up the fact that he had paid her for sex when she was 17. Berlusconi claims that he never had sex with her and that, anyway, she told him she was twenty-four. He admits that he gave her thousands of euros at the end of her first evening at Arcore, and tens of thousands more later, but insists that these were innocent acts of generosity. He instructed the police to release her from custody, he says, because he thought that she was a niece of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and he wanted to avoid straining diplomatic relations. (Mahroug, who was born in Morocco and grew up in Sicily, is not related to Mubarak.)

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/06/06/110606fa_fact_levy?currentPage=all
http://online.wsj.com/articles/silvio-berlusconi-underage-sex-conviction-overturned-1405682830

[June 13]

Arriving at   Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri, 72, landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on June 13 accompanied by Interpol officials and was handed over to the Italian police, airport authorities said.

An Italian court has sentenced Dell’Utri, who comes from Sicily, to seven years in jail for acting as a go-between for the mafia and the Milan business elite, including Berlusconi’s companies, from 1974 to 1992.
Lebanon extradited Dell’Utri to Italy on June 13 who fled to Beirut in April just before being found guilty of dealings with the Sicilian mafia.

Shares in Berlusconi’s Mediaset rose 3.5 percent on June 12 after reports that Telefonica (Madrid: TEF.MC – news) would make an offer to buy the Italian broadcaster’s stake in Spanish pay-TV group Digital Plus.
[May 13]
Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome has confirmed the sentence imposed on 72-year-old Marcello Dell’Utri by Palermo’s Court of Appeal in March last year.
The longtime ally of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi is facing extradition to Italy after his arrest last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut for allegedly fleeing a likely conviction from the supreme court for Mafia association.
“In the period of time we’re talking about a continuous crime,” said prosecutor Aurelio Galasso. Silvio Berlusconi – Italy’s former Prime Minister and one of the world’s most recognisable politicians – did business with the mafia for nearly two decades via his conduit and former senator Marcello Dell’Utri. Judges sentenced Dell’Utri to seven years for mafia association. Three-time premier Berlusconi, 77, has always denied rumours that mob links were behind the large and opaquely sourced investments used to kickstart his construction and media businesses in the 1970s and 1980s. But Supreme Court judges accepted prosecutor Aurelio Galasso’s claim that “for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992, Marcello Dell’Utri was the guarantor of the agreement between Berlusconi and Cosa Nostra”.

[April 15]

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

In the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy’s highest court, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud convictionBerlusconi was sentenced to four years for tax fraud, reduced to one year for a general amnesty. The one-year community service order may eventually be reduced by 45 days.

The state prosecutor supported the petition for community service, but asked the court to consider revoking it if Berlusconi insults judges while serving — something he has frequently done as he has fought numerous prosecutions over the years, mostly related to his business dealings.

The media mogul is on trial for political corruption in Naples and under investigation in Milan for witness tampering in trials relating to sex-fueled parties at his villa near Milan. His appeals trial for a conviction for having paid for sex with a minor and using his influence to cover it up is scheduled to open in June. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and given a lifetime political ban, but that has yet to be confirmed.

[December 4 2013]

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Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

Italian Finance Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni says the sidelining of the longtime conservative leader leaves the government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta “more cohesive and…more determined in the implementation of our program.”
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Mr. Berlusconi—whose threats earlier this fall to bring down the Letta government made it exceedingly hard for the young coalition to govern—was stripped of his Senate seat because of a conviction for tax fraud.
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Mr. Letta is under intense pressure to step up the pace of reforms aimed at freeing up Italy’s sclerotic economy.
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The premier is hoping the government will survive until 2015, giving it time to cut taxes, ease labor laws and lower unemployment.
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Mr. Saccomanni said Italy’s economy is slowly on the mend after what he described as a “deep depression.” The Italian economy has contracted for nine quarters in a row, and the government expects little more than anemic growth next year.
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With a stronger majority in Parliament, the government should “operate with a more medium-term perspective than the one we have been obliged to have until now,” .

After months in which the Letta government teetered on the brink of collapse, European policy makers have publicly fretted over the ability of Rome to enact serious overhauls and keep its debt—currently more than 130% of gross domestic product—under control. Some regard chronic instability in Italy, the euro one’s third-largest economy, as the major threat to the currency bloc.

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that Italy has “no margins [to] maneuver.” He also expressed skepticism as to whether Mr. Letta’s government would manage, for instance, to achieve its ambitious privatization program.

[November 5]

Italian Senators will vote on November 27 on whether to expel center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his conviction for tax fraud, officials from the main parties said on Tuesday.

[October 23]
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged bribery of a senator.
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Berlusconi is accused of paying the left-wing senator 3m euros ($3.9m) to defect to his party in 2006 and help bring down the government.

The senator, Sergio De Gregorio, was sentenced to 20 months on October 23 at a plea bargain hearing in Naples.

[October 19]

The Court of Appeal of Milan ruled on October 19 that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.

However, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court’s decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on a separate vote in the upper house of parliament, expected to take place next month.

Bulgarian actress, producer and director Michelle Bonev has described her nights at his Arcore home. “This is how it works. At the end of the party, each girl has a request to make to him because she came to get something – a part in a film, a python handbag, a… to pay the rent, the electricity, the gas. He would stay in the room. We all went out and sat on the sofas. Then he would listen to what we wanted, one by one like the godfather”

The appellate court was ordered by Italy’s highest court to determine the length of the political ban accompanying his tax fraud conviction and four-year jail term after prosecutors conceded sentencing errors in the original five-year ban.

[October 3]

Prime minister Enrico Letta, the centre-left leader of the government won the Italian senate confidence vote with a sweeping majority. Only 70 of 305 MPs voted against; 235 MPs voted for. Berlusconi – the man who triggered the crisis and spent days clamouring for the government’s downfall – was one of them. Berlusconi been forced into a humiliating climbdown by a rebel faction of his own MPs, 32 senators voting with their leader, 24 absenting themselves, and 25 against him. He is scheduled for expulsion from the senate and the enforcement of his commuted one-year sentence, at the moment.
[September 29]
“In the end it’s all up to the PDL, I think there’s a deep debate taking place within the PDL.” Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
20 senators of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty, or PDL, are ready to form a breakaway group if the ex-premier doesn’t back down on his confrontation with Letta, perhaps. Letta needs 24 votes in the Senate to secure a new majority without Berlusconi. To do so, the 47-year-old premier must win over opposition lawmakers or convince members of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party to abandon their leader.
[September 23]
Silvio Berlusconi was forced from office at the height of the euro zone debt crisis in November 2011. 54th Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti ‘s efforts to deregulate services and labor laws were squashed by the parties that propped up his government before Italians gave him a resounding thumbs down at an election in February 2013 which produced no clear winner.

The resulting left-right coalition government led by Enrico Letta has bickered from the moment it took office and prospects for both growth and the debt have continued to worsen.

The economy shrinking 1.7 percent this year, down from a 1.3 percent contraction forecast in April, and it cut 2014 growth to 1.0 percent from 1.3 percent. Most analysts see growth of 0.7 percent at best next year.

Italy’s political situation has made no more progress than its economy, dimming prospects for the reforms needed to turn things around.

Italy’s medium term growth potential is now close to zero due to its failure to reduce costs and bureaucracy, tackle corruption or reform the justice system.
Since the days of the deepest crisis (in 2011) Italy has done nothing to improve its competitiveness, As a result its prospects for sustained debt reduction are non-existent.

Letta cuts a far more sober and reassuring figure than Berlusconi, but his ruling coalition is just as unruly and is deeply divided on economic policy.

Speculation has risen that there will be a new election in spring and on September 22 Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni threatened to resign as the government squabbled over whether to suspend a hike in sales tax due to take effect in October.

[September 17]

Fininvest, The family holding company of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered on Tuesday to pay 494 million euros in damages stemming from the disputed purchase of publisher Mondadori.
The final ruling by Italy’s top appeals court was a fresh blow to Berlusconi, 76, already reeling from a supreme court verdict which confirmed a four-year jail sentence last month, commuted to one year, for massive fraud at his Mediaset television empire.

[september 7]

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Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

The judges of the Third Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Palermo in the written judgment in which the former senator of the PDL was sentenced on March 25 to seven years in prison for collusion with the Mafia. The Court has also found payments solicited by the Mafia to Berlusconi “as the price of protection,” and that according to the judges began in 1974, with a request for 100. million lire

Disgraced ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi made a 20-year pact with Mafia bosses to whom he paid millions of euros in exchange for protection and help with his business empire, according to a judicial report.

The tycoon’s deal with the mob was described by judges of the Palermo Appeals Court as part of their 476-page reasoning, released on September 5, behind the jail sentence for his Mafia association given to Berlusconi’s close friend Marcello Dell’Utri.

The judges say that Dell’Utri, a Palermo-born former senator in Berlusconi’s PDL (People of Freedom) Party, was the mogul’s go-between with the Cosa Nostra for 20 years, up until 1992, the year in which the Mafia assassinated two prosecutors in bomb attacks.

[August 24]

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

But while the crisis is leaving the Letta government’s prospects dim, Berlusconi’s Mediaset seems to have shrugged off the news. The shares have been on a tear so far this year, nearly tripling in value from their all-time low of €1.16 ($1.52) set in December by the end of July (the Supreme Court ruling was Aug. 1). They’ve been mostly flat since then, but they have still outperformed the Italian Stock Exchange’s blue chip index over that period, closing trading Friday at €3.36 ($4.40). Several investment banks have upgraded Mediaset’s ratings in recent weeks, judging that the tycoon’s political and legal woes are likely to have limited impact on the company’s day-to-day operations.
[August 14]
“Any definitive sentence, and the subsequent requirement to apply it, must be accepted,” Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said August 13 in an e-mailed statement. “That goes for the case at the center of attention today as with every other one.”
Napolitano noted that Silvio Berlusconi would not be expected to go to jail. Because of his age, the billionaire businessman is likely to serve the sentence under house arrest or doing community service.
Five Star Movement Founder Beppe Grillo, head of the biggest opposition party in parliament, said Napolitano was too lenient with Berlusconi and called on the president to resign.

[August 6]

Berlusconi already has a successor lined up — his daughter Marina. Marina is Berlusconi’s oldest daughter from his first marriage and has always been her father’s favorite. Despite having dropped out of university, Marina was installed as the chief executive of her father’s media company at the tender age of 30, making her — according to Forbes — the most influential woman in Italy.
On Facebook and fansites, she presents herself as a friend of Silvio’s fiancée Francesca Pascale. Marina, who is approaching her 47th birthday, doesn’t seem to mind the age gap. Her father’s new belle is only 27. In recent days, Marina has been a part of all high-level party meetings, a noticeable change from the past. Indeed, Berlusconi used to be fond of saying that he didn’t want his daughter to have to suffer as he has. Now, according to various Italian media outlets, Berlusconi has confided in a select few that his daughter should stand in the upcoming election. Berlusconi-owned “Il Giornale” has also predicted that Marina would perhaps throw her hat into the ring in her father’s place. The affection between father and daughter is clearly mutual. Despite marrying a ballet dancer and having two children of her own, Silvio remains his daughter’s main man. She refuses to tolerate even the slightest criticism of him. And there are other similarities as well: Marina and Silvio both enjoy a good dye job and the occasional surgical intervention. She is the daughter of Silvio Berlusconi with his first wife Carla Elvira Lucia Dall’Oglio, and is the elder sister of the businessman Pier Silvio Berlusconi. She is married to Maurizio Vanadia.

Marina Berlusconi Vanadia, 47 year-old university dropout

[August 4]

On August 1 Berlusconi was ordered to serve four years in prison, a sentence that has been commuted to one year under a 2006 amnesty and will consist, due to his age, of detention under house arrest or community service rather than jail.

The five judges of the court of cassation ordered another part of the previous sentence – a ban on public office – to be re-evaluated by a lower court. “If there is not a reform of the justice system we are ready for elections,” he told his followers. “This alliance is now unsustainable. The PD should draw up an exit strategy,” Pippo Civati, a centre-left MP, was quoted as saying. “Let’s pass the electoral law, then go straight back to the polls.” Whatever the government’s fate, Mr. Berlusconi isn’t about to start serving his sentence or lose his seat. He has until mid-October to decide whether to serve the year’s sentence at home or perform some socially useful service. And Senate procedures to strip him of his post will likely take months.

[July 10]
The Court of Cassation has decided to schedule an appeal in the media mogul’s tax fraud trial for July 30, months earlier than expected. The high court said it moved up the date to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring on one of the charges on Aug. 1. A high court decision could see former Premier Silvio Berlusconi banned for years from public office.
Although Berlusconi isn’t in the government himself, steady support from his center-right People of Freedom party is necessary to keep Premier Enrico Letta’s 10-week-old government alive, since Letta’s center-left Democratic Party doesn’t have enough support in Parliament to control both houses.
[June 25]
On June 19, Italy’s Constitutional Court rejected a procedural challenge related to Berlusconi’s October conviction for tax fraud. The tax-fraud conviction, upheld on appeal last month, carries a four-year prison sentence and five-year ban from public office. The final appeal for that case, involving Berlusconi’s related to the acquisition by his media company Mediaset SpA of television and film rights almost a decade ago., is underway. Mediaset, Italy’s dominant private television broadcaster, bought U.S. film and television rights at inflated prices, allowing the company to fraudulently lower its tax bill. Mediaset itself wasn’t charged. Separately, Mr. Berlusconi has appealed his conviction and the four-year jail term handed down by the lower court. Both were upheld last month by an appeals court, but a standard second appeal is pending.
Berlusconi has, according to his own estimate, been the subject of some 2,500 court hearings. But, incredibly enough, the former prime minister has yet to serve a sentence:
• 1990: Berlusconi is found guilty of perjury for providing false testimony regarding his membership in Propaganda Due, a subversive and illegal Masonic lodge. Amnesty granted in 1989 saves him from actual sentencing.
• 1994: Berlusconi faces corruption charges over subsidiaries of his company Fininvest paying bribes totaling $240,000 to tax inspectors. In 1998, he is sentenced to 33 months in prison, which he never serves because the statute of limitations expires during an appeal.
• 1995: Berlusconi is found guilty of falsifying documents during Fininvest’s acquisition of the Medusa film company. In 2001 he is acquitted, and thus never serves a mandated 16-month prison sentence.
• 1998: In his second conviction in a week, Berlusconi is sentenced to 28 months in jail for using an offshore company to bribe former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. An appeals court throws out the charges a year later because the statute of limitations has expired.
• 2002: The Italian Parliament passes a bill allowing defendants to appeal for a change of venue if there is “legitimate suspicion” that the judge involved in a case is biased. Berlusconi uses the legislation to his advantage by dragging charges out past the statute of limitations (he will go on to evade false accounting charges through other laws passed by his government).
• 2013: An appeals court upholds charges of tax fraud against Berlusconi after he is initially sentenced to four years in prison and banned from public office for five years in 2012. Berlusconi is now appealing the verdict to Italy’s highest court, which has yet to issue a final verdict.

aka Ruby

aka Ruby

A Milan court on June 24 convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous “bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life — a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.

[October 14 2011]

Le Monde publishes excerpts from DSK explanation
Given the “lack of sufficient elements of proof” uncovered by the police, “an investigation into attempted rape cannot be undertaken,” the public prosecutors’ office said.
The leader of the UMP Jean-Francois Cope held Monday “pathetic and sad” the intervention of Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday on TF1, saying “shocked” hints at a possible conspiracy. 7sur7
The leader of majority party said he was “deeply” shocked by the assumption of a trap that could have been stretched to DSK. figaro
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French President Francois Hollande says he will not back down over labor reforms after unions threatened to escalate protests over the changes.
All but one of the union blockades at fuel depots have now been cleared, the authorities say. But shortages have caused long queues at petrol stations.
“I will stay the course because I think these are good reforms,” Mr Hollande said.
However, Prime Minister Manuel Valls signalled they could be modified.
June 2 saw many protest rallies across the country, with 77 protesters arrested.

[September 24 2014 Julie Gayet’s liaison has created a media frenzy around her

   Julie Gayet, French actress,   came to present and promote a Chilean film, Cristian Jimenez's Voice Over, [Director Cristian Jimenez]  which she produced (Producers: Cristian Jimenez, Nadia Turincev, Julie Gayet, Nicolas Comeau) at the Kursaal Palace during the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival on September 23, 2014 in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian.   Her production company is Rouge International, with Nadia Turincev.

Julie Gayet, French actress, came to present and promote a Chilean film, Cristian Jimenez’s Voice Over, [Director
Cristian Jimenez] which she produced (Producers: Cristian Jimenez, Nadia Turincev, Julie Gayet, Nicolas Comeau) at the Kursaal Palace during the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival on September 23, 2014 in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. Her production company is Rouge International, with Nadia Turincev.

She is well aware that her liaison with the Head of State has created a media frenzy around her, which was previously a rather discreet actress and producer. Any of its outlets - recently at the Venice Film Festival or the Festival of San Sebastian - is guided by the tabloids, the actress then being flashed by all the paparazzi.

She is well aware that her liaison with the Head of State has created a media frenzy around her, which was previously a rather discreet actress and producer. Any of its outlets – recently at the Venice Film Festival or the Festival of San Sebastian – is guided by the tabloids, the actress then being flashed by all the paparazzi.

a société de production Rouge International, Julie Gayet & Nadia Turincev.

a société de production Rouge International, Julie Gayet & Nadia Turincev.

[August 14 François Hollande and Julie Gayet not about to marry]
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[July 20 Are François Hollande and Julie Gayet about to marry?]

French President François Hollande wrapped up a three-day tour of West Africa on July 19 with a visit to Chad,

French President François Hollande wrapped up a three-day tour of West Africa on July 19 with a visit to Chad,

Britain’s Daily Mail quotes Midi Libre ‘the highly respected newspaper’ as predicting that President Francis Hollande will marry Julie Gayet on August 12. ‘it is thought that Mr Hollande has felt increasingly uncomfortable attending official engagements without an official partner.’
During his speech on July 14 , François Hollande remained evasive on any developments in his private life, saying “When I have information to share, I will. But I have none” . A polite way of saying yes or no, leaving the door open to all speculations.

While Julie Gayet, a divorced mother of two, is barely known internationally, she is a well-known TV actress in France, having regularly appeared in a number of programmes, films and talk shows.

France warned Russia July 20 there would be “consequences” if Moscow did not put pressure on pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine to allow rescuers and investigators unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.
Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and David Cameron agreed to call on their Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to pressure the rebels into allowing rescuers and investigators “free and total access to the site of the MH17 flight disaster to accomplish their mission.” “If Russia does not immediately take the necessary measures, consequences will be drawn by the European Union at the Foreign Affairs Council which takes place on July 22,” the French presidency said in a statement after the leaders of France, Germany and Britain held a conference call.

[July 17]

The role of official girlfriend in the shadows “is no longer appropriate “

Are François Hollande and Julie Gayet are about to formalize their relationship?
For her, it would be nothing other than the logical outcome of a relationship that has developed peacefully for three years. A perspective that begins to germinate in the minds presidential, yet stubborn principle, any form of commitment. “He is for the status quo. Close friends say Julie has been putting on pressure since the Spring. The role of official girlfriend in the shadows “is no longer appropriate” to the mother. Julie Gayet grew up in old family, between an respectable mother and father who was a surgeon and internationally recognized digestive diseases specialist . “She inherited quite conventional manners,” says Yves Azéroual.
Since the revelation of the affair, the couple has continued to spend time together. After visiting the chateau of Berrac, with François Hollande and Julie Gayet’s parents secondary residence in July, the presentation to the respective families continues.Julie’s brother, Erwan Gayet, was surprised to cross the president in a Parisian Sunday lunch. The actress organizes dinners in his loft in the 11th arrondissement, where such friends as Julien Dray, a witness of the birth of her romance with the president. She was also able to take her companion to spend the evening with his friend, Benjamin Biolay. More importantly, she regularly goes to the Elysee, where it was not uncommon at the end of the day, to come across i Hollande ntimate, Stéphane Le Foll, François Rebsamen or Michel Sapin. In short, without showing off, the couple does not hide from his entourage. However, this is no longer appropriate to Julie Gayet, who finds that silence, clandestine love feeding the rumor mill. Most persistent being that of a “rapprochement” of François Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler. Despite the failure, the shadow of that “reporter” still hangs over the Elysee

http://www.vsd.fr/contenu-editorial/l-actualite/les-indiscrets/2419-francois-hollande-avec-lui-c-est-du-serieux

French President François Hollande on July 17 started a three-nation West African visit to Ivory Coast, Niger and Chad as the French military operation in the restive Sahel region has expanded. A French soldier was killed in a suicide attack in the northern Malian city of Gao, the ninth French casualty since the January 2013 intervention. 3,000 French troops will be operating out of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad and their regional objectives will cut across some of the world’s most remote, dangerous borders in the rugged, lawless scrubland of the Sahel.

[May 16]

Julie Gayet, the ‘ex-mistress’ of French president Francois Hollande, who dubbed the Nicole Kidman role as Grace Kelly in “Grace of Monaco”, attending premiere at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival Palais de Festivals, May 14

[May 1]
Julie Gayet, the French actress has now “broken up this relationship”with President François Hollande, She could, it went on, no longer take the “intrusion into her private life” and the “media pressure” the relationship had placed on her two teenage sons. She “has never dreamed of being first lady”. Mr Hollande had not entirely broken off relations with Valérie Trierweiler who considers she has “lost a battle but not the war”.

[March 2]

[February 26]

ruthless policy advisor played by Julie Gayet

ruthless policy advisor played by Julie Gayet

Julie Gayet [b. June 3, 1972] is expected March 6 in New York for the French Cinema Festival , but the actress has not confirmed her attendance.

SERIES: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2014
VENUE: WALTER READE THEATER

THE FRENCH MINISTER
QUAI D’ORSAY | BERTRAND TAVERNIER, 2013
FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DIGITAL PROJECTION | 113 MINUTES
Closing Night! U.S. Premiere!

Director Bertrand Tavernier and screenwriter Antonin Baudry in person!

While he tries to navigate internal politics, the various strong personalities around him (such as a ruthless policy advisor played by Julie Gayet), and the stress of finding the Minister’s “voice,” Arthur must also write a speech for the Minister that will hopefully put them both in the history books.

[February 13]
Kate O'Toole, chair the international jury at this year's Discovery Zone film festival

French actress Julie Gayet, who was set to chair the international jury at this year’s Discovery Zone film festival, has cancelled her trip to Luxembourg. A replacement for the jury has, however, already been found. Kate O’Toole, daughter of screen legend Peter O’Tool, could take over the jury presidency.

[February 2]

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival is four months from now. Julie Gayet, the mistress of French president Francois Hollande, is dubbing Nicole Kidman’s role as Grace Kelly in “Grace of Monaco.” The Olivier Dahan film is set for opening night. The red carpet for opening night is going to be completely crazy.

This means that not only will international movie star and Oscar winner Kidman be front and center, but so will the “first lady” of France around whom an international scandal has developed.

[May 25 2013]

[February 28]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn fails to have kiss-and-tell book banned
Former IMF chief did win a court order insisting a card outlining his objections should be placed inside every copy of the book
[February 26]
[17 May 2011] Bernard-Henri Lévy defends Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Lévy, a French philosopher, says that his friend Strauss-Kahn ‘bears no resemblance to this monster being described’ [2013]‘I don’t like the donkey kick delivered to the “immensely rich” and “ambitious” woman who, for having schemed to become the wife of a president, is supposedly the truly guilty party, the one responsible for everything—an idiotic portrayal and, for anyone who knows or has observed the woman in question, an obscene accusation

In Beauty and the Beast, due to be released on February 27, Iacub says she had a relationship with Strauss-Kahn from January to August 2012, in the midst of the scandal over accusations he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid the previous year.

She doesn’t name Strauss-Kahn in the book, but she told Le Nouvel Observateur magazine that it was about him, while admitting that she had mixed fiction with reality.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said they will on February 26 seek the seizure of the books after suing Iacub and her publisher Stock for an attack on his private life.

If that is not allowed, they will seek for every copy of the book to carry an insert, lawyers Richard Malka and Jean Veil said, without giving details on what they want it to say.

Strauss-Kahn, who has called the book an “abomination”, is seeking 100,000 euros ($132,300) in damages and compensation from Iacub and Stock, and a similar amount from Le Nouvel Observateur.

Lawyers for Stock and Le Nouvel Observateur declined to comment on the suit, which will go before a Paris judge on February 26.
[February 24]
While the head of the IMF struck Iacub as a rather very rightwing politician, the sybarite in him was a true revolutionary, copulating equally with the poor and the ugly, the beautiful and the powerful
Dominique Strauss-Kahn reacted strongly after the publication Le Nouvel Observateur of excerpts from the book columnist Marcela Iacub the connection she had with him in 2012 .. In a letter to the founder of the weekly, Jean Daniel, DSK says “before a double disgust.” To begin with, “Whatever causes the behavior of a woman who seduced to write a book, relying on feelings of love to exploit financially.” He criticizes the “fantasy nature of the story and therefore incorrect” attacking “an attack contemptible in (his) privacy and human dignity.” [Google translation]

[January 25]
Carlton Affaire: DSK suspected of being the “instigator” of the network Judges in the Lille investigation say accordig to Le Figaro. ‘The judges felt that serious corroborating evidence make likely the effective and decisive participation of Dominique Strauss Kahn in acts of pimping,’ says Le Figaro.

[May 22 ’12]
French daily Liberation reported this month that two Belgian prostitutes questioned in the Lille probe described Strauss-Kahn as using violence during sex at the W Hotel in Washington and forcing a sexual act on her despite her protests.

Citing leaked transcripts of witness testimony to Belgian police, also involved in the probe, Liberation cited one of the prostitutes as saying that Strauss-Kahn “used force, he held down my hands, he pulled my hair, he hurt me.” The woman is quoted as testifying that another man held her hands down while Strauss-Kahn assaulted her.

Neither of the prostitutes has filed legal complaints, but French rules allow for an investigation even without a formal complaint.

According to a statement from the Lille prosecutor, the investigation centres on an incident “that could be described as gang rape”.

May 21, 2012 at 09:33 (Updated: May 21, 2012 at 09:42)

Prosecutors in Lille examines what took place between 15 and 18 December in Washington, during which parties participated Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Prosecutors in Lille on Monday ordered a preliminary investigation of the facts ” could be described as gang rape “which allegedly took place in Washington between 15 and 18 December 2010, as part of the case known as the Carlton, he said in a statement.

The facts alleged were identified by the magistrates in charge of the case of aggravated pimping and allegedly committed at a party in the U.S. capital, attended by including Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The prosecution stated that it had ordered an investigation, “according to the practice” , he confided to the direction of interregional judicial police in Lille.

He was seized on March 28 – two days after the indictment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for aggravated procuring in an organized – by the judges, ” an order of referral for all practical purposes, for acts of gang rape. ”

These facts are related to testimony from two prostitutes who participated in a Belgian living in Washington in December 2010 along with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Fabrice Paszkowski, David Pug and Commissioner Lagarde.

These testimonies were collected by the Belgian police last December, as part of an agreement with the French justice.

One of them – who has not complained – said to have been at a party, December 16, 2010, certain sexual acts in a non-consent.

Heard December 5, 2011 by the Belgian police – as part of an agreement with the French justice – she says that DSK would “use of force, that is to say, he held my hands. He pulled my hair, it hurt me. I weigh 50 kilos, it is heavier. ”

Always according to his account of the minutes, DSK then tries to sodomize. “I refused and told her no, I do not want. I tried to get loose but it was complicated because it was on me and it is very heavy […]. Admittedly, I did not yell, but I made it clear that I did not want to repeatedly aloud. ”

The allegations are said to have come to light from evidence given by a Belgian prostitute who told Belgian police that she was forced into certain acts of non-consensual sex while in Washington on 16 December 2010. She has not filed a complaint.

“I didn’t scream but I said clearly and loudly that I didn’t want to,” the woman is said to have testified.

But a second Belgian prostitute has called her account of events into question, in an interview with French media.

Police in Washington say they have checked their records for 16 December at the city’s W hotel, named by media as the hotel involved, and have found no reports detailing allegations of such activity.
[February 22]French police released former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on February 22 after nearly 30 hours in custody for questioning about a suspected hotel prostitution ring.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, is expected to be summoned again next month by judges who will decide if there is enough evidence to press charges in the case. Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken into custody February 21 at Lille, to be heard on his alleged role in the case of pandering so-called Carlton.

DSK at police barracks, Warrant Pruvost, located in downtown, boulevard Louis-XIV

DSK at police barracks, Warrant Pruvost, located in downtown, boulevard Louis-XIV


The former Socialist minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn , 62, is heard, yesterday morning as a witness in the case of Carlton in Lille . After dropping the charges for sex crimes, in August 2011 in the case of Sofitel New York, former IMF chief is now overtaken by an affair of procuring alleged in the North, involving police, men business close to the PS and a pimp Belgian Sleep “Brine”. A new episode judiciary that could ruin his last ambitions, mentioned on TF1 on 18 September, to return to politics. Police custody extended The former head of the International Monetary Fund has been convened February 21 at Lille , in the austere local the police barracks, Warrant Pruvost, located in downtown, boulevard Louis-XIV. It was at the request of judges that the building has been designated to host the hearing. Upon arrival, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was served with his placement in custody for “complicity in pimping compounded by an organized “and” the misuse of corporate assets, “prosecutors said. His lawyer Me Frédérique Baulieu joined the scene to assist in the police custody . DSK had to stay overnight in the barracks. His detention was extended for 24 hours last night. The three judges arrived on the scene shortly after 21:30, notifying him of this extension. It is common for judges anticipate the extension of police custody before the end of 24 premières hours, but it takes effect only after they passed. Following his detention , the former minister can be left at liberty without prosecution, or be brought in the wake before the judges, who may also convene later. Soirées libertines investigators should police the ‘ask about libertine parties which he participated, including Paris and Washington: did he know that women who attended were prostitutes? Evidence has revealed that several trips were organized and financed by two entrepreneurs in the Pas-de-Calais, Fabrice Paszkowski, head of a medical equipment company, and David Roquet, former director of a subsidiary of construction group Eiffage . Heard also IGPN If the judges were asked to estimate the sufficient charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn , the latter could be prosecuted for complicity in pimping compounded by an organized and the misuse of corporate assets, offenses punishable by 20 years’ imprisonment and five years imprisonment. This would imply that DSK leader was aware of the possible origin of fraudulent expenses he would have enjoyed. The question of possible counterparties to these parties should also be asked him. Dominique Strauss-Kahn should also be heard today by police IGPN (General Inspectorate of the National Police, “police policies”) in the police element of the file. Eight indicted eight people were indicted, including three officials Carlton Lille , a lawyer and the head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the North, Commissioner Jean-Christophe Lagarde. The latter, suspended from duty, had been heard in the same barracks Lille.

The French version of the Huffington Post , led Anne Sinclair , treats this morning in a relatively dramatic, although this layout is conventional for this site information, the hearing of DSK “” In custody. Ins and outs of the case of Carlton Lille “is the title of the article accompanying the photo of him that justice have been hearing this morning. Faithful to the words and commitments made during the press conference to launch the site information, the wife of former IMF chief wanted to be treated this case like any other information of this magnitude. Symbolic layout is none the less almost excessive in its form: as an exclamation point affixed to the bottom of an information, which should suffer in his mode of treatment, the smallest reproach. And this is the case.

 

[February 21]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived voluntarily at a police station in the northern city of Lille just before his February 21) appointment for questioning about his role in the latest sex scandal to beset his ruined career.

Shortly after his arrival, prosecutors said he would instead be detained on suspicion of “complicity in pimping” and “misuse of company funds” and could thus face charges and see his detention stretch to 96 hours.

He insists he did not know that the women were prostitutes.

“I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman,” his lawyer Henri Leclerc has told French television.

In France, illegal for an official to accept gifts of any kind from a company

In France, illegal for an official to accept gifts of any kind from a company

[February 18]Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be questioned Feb. 20-25 by police investigating an alleged prostitution ring in northern France French newspapers have carried reports for months about alleged links between Mr Strauss-Kahn and a call-girl racket, known as the Carlton affair after the name of the Lille hotel where clients were allegedly supplied with prostitutes. Reports say Mr Strauss-Kahn could be charged if magistrates deem that he was aware the women who took part in sex parties he is alleged to have attended were prostitutes.

Mr Strauss Kahn’s lawyer has previously said the former IMF chief thought he was participating in swingers’ parties and had no reason to believe the women involved were prostitutes.
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Criminal case on sexual assault charge in New York – dropped 23 August
Civil case on sexual assault charge in New York – ongoing
Criminal investigation on attempted rape claims in Paris – dropped 13 October
The Carlton Affair has already led to the arrests of several leading figures in the city, including businessmen and police chiefs

former-bbva-president-francisco-gonzc3a1lez-admits-that-he-suggested-rato-1024x38003/04/2019 Former BBVA president Francisco González has admitted that he suggested Rodrigo Rato resign at a meeting held on Sunday, May 6, 2012, which was also attended by the president of Banco Santander, Emilio Botín, and that of La Caixa, Isidro Fainé, as well as as the then Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos.

This is what Gonzalez has said, now questioned by his relationship with the jailed former commander José Manuel Villarejo, during his testimony as a witness in the trial that investigates the Bankia IPO in July 2011 that takes place at the National Court of San Fernando de Henares (Madrid).
“I, personally, told him to resign,” said the witness before the fourth section of the criminal chamber, adding that Rato’s departure from the Bankia presidency was “the best for all and to give a viable solution” to the problem.

[  , the former Spanish minister arrested for concealing his wealth and tax evasion   ]

 

sa braguette- Dominique Strauss Kahn, successor at the helm of the International Monetary Fund to Rodrigo Rato, a former PP finance minister of Spain

sa braguette- Dominique Strauss Kahn, successor at the helm of the International Monetary Fund to Rodrigo Rato, a former PP finance minister of Spain

Rodrigo Rato, the former minister and IMF managing director was arrested April 26, iand s reported to have amassed a personal fortune of at least €27 million (£19.5 million), including dozens of companies and a 44 per cent share of a luxury hotel in Berlin.
Mr Rato, who was economy minister in Spain’s Popular Party (PP) governments between 1996 and 2004 before a three-year stint as IMF chief, is being investigated on suspicion of concealing his wealth and tax evasion.
According to information leaked to the Spanish media by court sources, Mr Rato used a web of companies and over 70 bank accounts.

[July 25 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: credibility becoming a handicap to French attempted rape case.]

Nafissatou Diallo aka Ophelia

Nafissatou Diallo aka Ophelia

Brigitte Guillemette is DSK’s second wife, and Banon’s godmother. She’s also the mother of DSK’s daughter, Camille, who Banon has described as a close friend. Guillemette later told Anne Mansouret, Tristane Banon’s mother, when she called Strauss-Kahn to question him about Banon’s accusation, DSK replied, “I don’t know what came over me. I slept with the mother, and I went nuts when I saw the daughter.” here

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[ May 21 2018]

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a steely Jacqueline Bisset

Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)   The true story detailed in Michael Soussan’s memoir of the same name. The movie co-stars Jacqueline Bisset and Sir Ben Kingsley as Sullivan’s corrupt boss.   A pacy, borderline noirish thriller — available via DirecTV a month before its April 27 theatrical release…U.N. rival Christine Du Pre (a steely Jacqueline Bisset) “Backstabbing for Beginners” is Bisset’s 81st film in a career that has spanned six decades.   “I don’t call people in advance to let them know I’m coming so I can be surprised when the photographer turns up. I’m able to have a pretty reasonable life.”   Video Release: April 24th, 2018 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment   Distributed by: A24, DirecTV Cinema

[Jily 24 2017    “l’amant double”   ]

Bisset

l’amant double

‘L’amant double’
Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (competing), May 25, 2017
It practically goes without saying that the French have different standards when it comes to kink. As Chloe’s affair with Louis heats up, she’s compelled to dig deeper into Paul’s personal history, which brings her face-to-face with a classic sex symbol, Jacqueline Bisset, who plays an important character from his past — or is it hers?

[May 24 2015 The Last Film Festival. a Kickstarter project ]

Jacqueline Bisset in The Last Film Festival

Jacqueline Bisset in The Last Film Festival

The Last Film Festival: Jacqueline Bisset and  Dennis Hopper

The Last Film Festival: Jacqueline Bisset and Dennis Hopper

The budget was a few hundred thousand at most, the actors were paid under a SAG Ultra Low Budget contract.

All that exists of this movie is a few various edits, a poorly maintained Facebook page and website. I doubt it will ever see the light of day, though i do encourage the filmmakers to release it onto the internet to honor the work of Dennis Hopper and the others who put their time, energy and talent into the movie
kickstarter.com The Last Film Festival: Dennis Hopper’s Unseen Final Film 506 backers pledged $109,202 to help bring this project to life.
The making of The Last Film Festival was a group effort by cast and crew. Everyone had busy schedules and the only way we could do it was if we all got together and worked for little, well actually at times, no money at all.

We were able to recruit a very talented cast including Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Cross, JoBeth Williams, Donnell Rawlings, Chris Kattan, Katrina Bowden and Leelee Sobieski and the film just took off!

[March 27 Welcome to New York released by IFC Films in US]

Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor, has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world

Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world

On March 27th, on VOD and in select theaters a version of Welcome to New York will be released by IFC Films. Abel Ferrara is alleging that his right to final cut has been violated by Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor, which has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world. For its part, Wild Bunch contends that Ferrara was contractually obligated to provide Wild Bunch, which helped finance the film, an R-rated version. “It was something he accepted originally in order to finance the film,” said Wild Bunch head Vincent Maraval. Maraval also said that Wild Bunch offered to let Ferrara make the changes to the film himself, but that Ferrara refused and so Wild Bunch went ahead and created its own R-rated version.
more about the film

[February 11

Jacqueline Bisset in Peter and John

Jacqueline Bisset in Peter and John

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[May 18 2014 Jacqueline Bisset in Cannes for the premiere of “Welcome to New York”]

British actress Jacqueline Bisset leaves the set of the French tv channel Canal Plus on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014.

British actress Jacqueline Bisset leaves the set of the French tv channel Canal Plus on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014.

Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset Saturday night May 17 in Cannes for the premiere of “Welcome to New York”, the film by Abel Ferrara thrown out selection

Industry, press and public watched the picture at the Star cinema as well as in a makeshift theatre on the Carlton’s Nikki Beach, before heading to party where guests were frisked by fake NYPD cops on entering and goodie bags stuffed with white bath robes, whips, masks and handcuffs were handed out.

Simultaneously, the film also went up live on a dozen VOD sites in France, including Wild Bunch’s platform FilmoTV, as well as in Germany, Spain and Italy.

[May 12]
Bisset plays Simone/Sinclair with the inner sadness of a woman whose marriage is based on some combination of genuine affection and social strategizing, who has too long stood by idly while her s.o. has sabotaged her plans (for both him and herself), and who can no longer recognize what she ever loved or cared for in this great, sagging hulk of a man. And at the center of it all is Depardieu, who gives the sort of performance that calls to mind Jean-Luc Godard’s famous observation that every fiction film is also a documentary of its actors. New York rolls out digitally in France and other select territories on May 17th, alongside a special market screening organized in Cannes (from whose Official Selection the film is conspicuously absent). A U.S. release by IFC is likely.
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[April 29]

Location crew out on the Nantucket Moors

Location crew out on the Nantucket Moors. “Peter and John,” is a feature film collaboration by 20 professionals and 30 students starring Jacqueline Bisset

Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset has joined the cast of Jay Craven’s new film, “Peter and John,” which is now in production around Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Peter and John tells the story of Peter Roland, a sensitive and sober town doctor in his early 30s. Peter takes pleasure from a cozy relationship with his striking mother, Louise.

“Peter and John,” is a feature film collaboration by 20 professionals and 30 students starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christian Coulson. Peter and John is slated for production from April 3rd to May 7th. This project will only be funded if at least $55,500 is pledged by Thu, May 1 2014 8:00 PM EDT.

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[January 13]

Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Golden Globe Nomination, Best Supporting: Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge

And veteran Jacqueline Bisset earned her first Globe, winning the best supporting actress trophy for the miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.”
[May 2]

Smack

Gérard Depardieu with co-star Jacqueline Bisset in Tribeca. NYC

Gérard Depardieu with co-star Jacqueline Bisset in Tribeca. NYC

flats

Gerard Depardieu vehicle about Dominique Strauss-Kahn finishes principal photography in New York City

Gerard Depardieu vehicle about Dominique Strauss-Kahn finishes principal photography in New York City

[April 23]

[May 11]

Gerard Depardieu starts filming DSK docudrama

Gerard Depardieu starts filming DSK docudrama

Tweetpic of film set

[April 15]

Gerard Depardieu and daughter Roxanne

Gerard Depardieu and daughter Roxanne

Gerard Depardieu and his 20-year old daughter return to U.S. and stroll about on April 13. The DSK film is not ready to shoot but he has other projects. Le Père Noël est africain , Release date unknown, Directed by Karine Silla With Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Perez; Affaires étrangères (2013), Thriller, Director: Ziad Doueiri, stars: Gérard Depardieu; F2013, Director: Frédéric Auburtin, stars: Gérard Depardieu, etc.
[April 11]

Depardieu with daughter Roxanne in New York April 5 2013

Depardieu with daughter Roxanne in New York April 5 2013

Roxane's mother with younger Depardieu

Roxanne’s mother Karine Silla with younger Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu’s hearing before a court in Paris for causing a motorcycle accident while drunk driving last November was delayed Friday until May 24, because the controversial French actor is in New York shooting a film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Star punishable by law 4500 euro fine and a sentence of up to two years in prison, Gerard Depardieu’s hearing before a court in Paris for causing a motorcycle accident while drunk driving last November was delayed Friday until May 24, because the controversial French actor is in New York shooting a film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Asked about the presence of the actor in court on May 24, his lawyer said he would present “if it corresponds to his work schedule.”
[April 6]
In the streets of New York, recently naturalized Russian star has indeed been spotted strolling with his ​​daughter Roxane (20 years). Glasses on his nose and jacket tracksuit, Gérard Depardieu seemed in great shape and had a great accord with the young woman, laughing repeatedly. Like real New Yorkers, the actor and his daughter even took a taxi to go out to eat Korean Kunjip. Roxane was born of the past relationship with Gérard Depardieu director Karine Silla . Apparently he is due back in France and was seen entering a limo with baggage.

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship

Gerard Depardieu has failed to show up in a French court to face charges of drink-driving because he was filming a movie in New York. It was the second time Depardieu had not appeared for the case, after failing to answer a previous summons in January. If convicted Depardieu could face up to two years in prison and a €4,500 ($3,800) fine, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The 64-year-old actor, who is in the US to make a film about the life of scandal-hit former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has recently threatened to renounce his French citizenship, becoming a Russian citizen and taking up residency a few hundred metres from the French border in Belgium – a move that the local mayor said was aimed to avoid paying rising French taxes.

Depardieu months ago got into a public war of words with Socialist prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who called the actor pathetic. Depardieu responded in an open letter in mid-December, saying the country he loved was no longer his home.
A fire broke out at a five-star hotel in the capital of Chechnya on Wednesday, damaging nearly every floor of the 35-story building—including an apartment owned by French tax-dodger Gerard Depardieu. Russian tabloids are reporting that one of the apartments on the 27th floor of the Grozny skyscraper belongs to the actor, who was granted”honorable resident” status (and a Russian passport) after fleeing France to avoid higher taxes.

[January 8]
Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up in court yesterday to face a drink driving charge because he was preparing to play the role of a French public figure even more controversial than himself.
According to his lawyer, Eric de Caumont, the actor was too busy to come to Paris because he was in Montenegro holding “urgent” talks about his next film — an account of the disgrace of the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
[January 6]
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, has arrived in Kyiv.
He is expected to attend the French Phoenix circus show and a private party. The actor has recently visited a winery in Kherson region.
Depardieu had recently announced he would give up his French passport after the government had decided to impose 75% super-tax on annual earnings above one million euros. Putin signed the decree granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu on January 3. Depardieu to play DSK in new film

[December 19]

With Obamas while heading up IMF in Washington, D.C.

With Obamas while heading up IMF in Washington, D.C.

Carlton Lille: Justice confirms indictment of DSK
Counsel for the former IMF chief took note of the decision of the investigating chamber and will form an appeal. Other lawyers indicted in the case refused to speak as they did not read the judgment.

In this case, nine people were indicted for aggravated pimping organized gang, and for some, for fraud, misuse of corporate assets and the misuse of corporate assets. DSK said he was unaware that women present at the parties in which he participated, particularly in Paris and Washington, were prostitutes.
One of the Belgian sex workers, known as Marion, who was allegedly paid €2,300 to travel to the U.S. for sex parties with the former IMF chief, claimed, according to leaks reported by French media, that she had sex once with Strauss-Kahn after dinner in a suite she shared with her colleague Estelle. But Marion reportedly claims that she said no to a second round of relations with Strauss-Kahn to no avail.
“I tried to free myself, but it was complicated, because he was on top of me, and he is very heavy,” Marion claimed, according the French daily Le Monde. “I kept saying that I didn’t want to … I didn’t yell, but I said it clearly … several times out loud … I tried to get away … But Dominique Strauss-Kahn held me with his weight,” she claimed, according to the heavily truncated leaked testimony published by Le Monde Monday. Marion allegedly testified that a Strauss-Kahn associate—who, according to the same reports, told police he had consumed champagne, Red Bull, and half a tablet of Viagra after aperitifs and wine over dinner—held the woman’s wrists while encouraging Strauss-Kahn to continue.
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[December 18]
what is striking is that of 8 indicted, 6 are Freemasons.
The case of Carlton Lille soon closed? Dominique Strauss-Kahn will know December 19 if the French part of his legal saga may be closed and his indictment lifted in the case of pandering after the end of the proceedings against him in the United States.
The investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai (Nord), which was originally scheduled to make its decision on November 28 , decides on requests for annulment filed by lawyers for the former head of the IMF and other protagonists of this file.
[Decemcer 10]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles in New York, prior to December 19 French hearing

Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles in New York, prior to December 19 French hearing

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have agreed to settle her lawsuit stemming from their sexual encounter, a judge said on December 10.
The settlement, whose terms were not disclosed, was announced at a hearing in State Supreme Court in the Bronx,.
Justice Douglas E. McKeon entered the courtroom at 2:15 p.m., and said a deal had been finalized in his presence about 10 minutes earlier. Both sides agreed that the settlement would be confidential. Still active is a proceeding before the investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai

[December 5]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, recent candidate for President of France

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, recent candidate for President of France

A hearing in the civil case of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been set for December 10, after reports he will settle with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault.

“If the case is settled, this will be announced in open court on that day,” Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon anounced December 3

The hearing is set for 2:00 p.m. McKeon said he expects the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, to be present, and for Strauss-Kahn to skip the proceedings.

[November 30]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai postponed to December 19 its decision on the motion to dismiss filed by the lawyers of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and others indicted for procuring in “the Carlton Affair,” said the prosecutor’s office, Nov. 28.
Advocates of the former IMF chief and others called for the dismissal of the whole procedure, including the cancellation of indictments for aggravated pimping their customers in organized parties with prostitutes. They question the impartiality of judges, whom they accuse of not having submitted all the documents.

At the end of September, the Prosecutor General of Douai dismissed these motions, noting that the indictments were “justified” by “serious indications or consistent behavior” . He described as “inadmissible” because of a deadline, another motion to quash filed by the former public relations officer of the hotel Carlton Lille , René Kojfer.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he was unaware that the women present at the parties in which he participated, in Paris and Washington, were prostitutes.

[November 30]
Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, made an as-yet-unsigned agreement within recent days, with Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon facilitating that and a separate agreement to end another lawsuit Diallo filed against the New York Post,

[August 23,’11]
A state judge dismissed criminal sexual-assault charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday, ending a case that damaged his political aspirations. The appellate division’s ruling was expected to set the stage for Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s eventual return to France, where he is a leading figure in the Socialist Party and had been considered a top candidate for the French presidency. Update, 1:46 EDT: A state appellate court has denied Diallo’s request to appoint a special prosecutor. DSK’s total liberation now appears imminent.
The last page of the medical report includes a diagram of the vaginal area of ​​the victim, a standard forms of this type.The lower part of the vagina of the patient, the “finger post” is shaded in pencil to mark the site of trauma. Right on the page, the practitioner has entered the red pen “on the red range.” . Between “5 and 7 o’clock,” as the face of a clock.The rest of the sheet is occupied by a “checklist” of the vaginal area of ​​Nafissatou Diallo, required for all rape victims. Single line devoted to the “finger post” has a comment: “Trauma” (trauma).

“Diagnosis: aggression. Cause of injury: assault. Rape.”
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Hollande denied any conflict of interest with Reliance, which partially financed a film produced by his girlfriend Julie Gayet in 2016.

“That is why, moreover, this group (Reliance) did not have to give me any thanks for anything. I could not even imagine that there was any connection to a film by Julie Gayet.”
India’s Reliance Entertainment has partnered with Julie Gayet’s Rouge International, and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily, to produce mountain-set action drama, “nOmber One.” The picture is to be directed by Serge Hazanavicius, actor-director, and brother of Michel Hazanavicius, who won the best director Oscar for “The Artist.”

Reliance Entertainment is the film investment and distribution operation of billionaire Anil Ambani. It recently confirmed its participation in Steven Spielberg’s new studio Amblin Partners.
Producers: Jean des Forets, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev To the Top (2017)
Tout là-haut (original title)
French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has hit its lowest level since the start of his term, a major tracker poll published on Sunday showed.

Just 29 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with his leadership, according data from research group Ifop, published in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

[May 12 Hollande on his five years: “Les Leçons du Pouvoir” ]

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Hollande just published “Les Leçons du Pouvoir,” a four-hundred-and-seven-page account of his five years in office. It is the thirteenth-best-selling book on Amazon in France, between a self-help guide and a thriller. Hollande wrote it in longhand, often on planes, using a Paper Mate felt-tipped pen.

Léonard Trierweiler a été arrêté et placé en garde à vue ce dimanche 25 février après avoir été contrôlé positif aux stupéfiants.

 

Valérie Trierweiler, ancienne première dame

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Julie Gayet Cannes May 11

[ November 2 2017  François Hollande with Julie Gayet on the Opal Coast   ]

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This is the first time that the former head of state and his companion agree to let themselves be photographed together.

[June 19 Hollande to Julie’s loft in a trendy district ]

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Finished with the Elysee! François Hollande organizes his new life with Julie Gayet . The former president elected to move to the home to the actress, a loft in a trendy district of eastern Paris. In this couple almost like the others, it is madame who leaves the dog when gentleman leaves to the office. A life, this time, normal, far from the golden cage of the Castle.

June 29 2015 Julie Gayet attends official ceremony ]

François Hollande and Julie Gayet attended the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s appeal of June 18,. The entourage of the head of state insisted that Julie Gayet was present “as the granddaughter of Alain Gayet, the Liberation companion” At the ceremony of Mont Valerien, actress accompanied her parents and her grandfather, Alain Gayet, 92, hero of Liberation. She was in the gallery, not at the side of the head of state

[April 23 Julie Gayet, now the châtelaine]

chatelaine: the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.   1845, from French châtelaine

chatelaine: the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household. 1845, from French châtelaine “a female castellan; wife of a castellan; mistress of a castle or country house;” fem. of châtelain, from Old French chastelain “owner and lord of a castle, castellan, nobleman,” from chastel (see chateau ).

[February 15 “Same terrorist targets “, says French President Francois Hollande, at the Danish embassy in Paris]

Like it or not, Julie Gayet is the natural extension of François Hollande, even if it appears there is no official link.

Like it or not, Julie Gayet is the natural extension of François Hollande, even if it appears there is no official link.

“It was the same targets that were chosen by the terrorists”, said Hollande, speaking on a visit to the Danish embassy in Paris. “We see there is a link that doesn’t show there is a network but does show the terrorists are determined to hit what we are, what we represent, the values of freedom, of law, of protection that every citizen — whatever his or her religion — should have,” the president added.

[January 5 Socialists win because of “perfect” response of Francois Hollande to the terror attacks.]

“In ‘Merci pour ce moment,’ Valérie is the embodiment of a woman’s struggle to scream the truth,”  said movie  Producer Saïda Jawad.   Trierweiler’s book  details the reporter’s seven year relationship with the French president, including his year-long affair with actress Julie Gayet.

“In ‘Merci pour ce moment,’ Valérie is the embodiment of a woman’s struggle to scream the truth,” said movie Producer Saïda Jawad. Trierweiler’s book details the reporter’s seven year relationship with the French president, including his year-long affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Frederic Barbier, the Socialist candidate at the by-election in Doubs, eastern France, who won 51.4% of the vote, said his victory over Sophie Montel, National Front, had been helped in part by the “perfect” response of France’s leaders to the terror attacks.

[January 25 Sanctions ‘must stop now’, Francois Hollande expects a resolution to Ukraine crisis]

Valérie Trierweiler's bestseller on Hollande relationship to be made into film.   Romarin films is currently seeking French and international co-producers.   Trierweiler's book was widely panned in France as a poorly written, self-pitying and vulgarly prurient invasion of the French president's private life.   Despite the furore, initial sales surpassed Fifty Shades of Grey.

Valérie Trierweiler’s bestseller on Hollande relationship to be made into film. Romarin films is currently seeking French and international co-producers. Trierweiler’s book was widely panned in France as a poorly written, self-pitying and vulgarly prurient invasion of the French president’s private life. Despite the furore, initial sales surpassed Fifty Shades of Grey.

Willem Dafoe is of French, German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

Willem Dafoe is of French, German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

The French president today called for the lifting of the West’s economic sanctions on Russia, saying: ‘Mr Putin does not want to annex eastern Ukraine. He has told me that.’
Saying the sanctions ‘must stop now’, Francois Hollande said he was expecting progress on a resolution to the Ukraine crisis at international talks in Kazakhstan in 10 days.

[December 6 Hollande one of the first Western leaders to visit the Russian president since his annexation of Crimea]

Julie Gayet at Beirut Film Festival

Julie Gayet at Beirut Film Festival

Updated Dec. 6, 2014 1:15 p.m. ET French President Franaçois Hollande stopped over in Moscow on December 6 for a surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, becoming one of the first Western leaders to visit the Russian president since his annexation of Crimea.

[No0vember 6 Hollande keen to deal with oil-rich Canada]

The photos that surfaced November 6 are the first time Gayet has been caught on camera coming out of the Elysee palace.   The magazine said the photographs were taken on Oct. 30, on the actress' return to Paris after taking part in Tokyo Film Festival.

The photos that surfaced November 6 are the first time Gayet has been caught on camera coming out of the Elysee palace. The magazine said the photographs were taken on Oct. 30, on the actress’ return to Paris after taking part in Tokyo Film Festival.

French President François Hollande on November 3 addressed the Canadian federal parliament as the two countries prepare for a new trade pact.
Officials say Hollande, the first French President to visit Canada in 25 years, is keen to show that France, which already has close ties to French-speaking Quebec, is also interested in stronger ties with English-speaking Canada, particularly the oil-rich west.

[September 3 Valérie Trierweiler’s expense account revealed = riposte: she tried suicide]

In 2013. Valarie served as France's first lady

In 2013. Valarie served as France’s first lady

Valérie Trierweiler cost the French taxpayer €481,900 (£381,000) in 2013 as France’s “first lady”, according to an official audit.

The revelation in a report by the court of auditors prompted Trierweiler’s son Léonard to spring to her defence as it raised fresh comparisons with the lavish spending of her predecessors in the Elysée Palace, the wife and former wife of Nicolas Sarkozy.

The audit of palace spending in 2013 found that Trierweiler’s staff of five cost €396,900. The travel expenses of the former partner of President François Hollande, for official duties and journeys linked to humanitarian work, were put at €85,000.

She also had four bodyguards, whose costs were not quantified in the report by the court of auditors, which was released on Tuesday evening, as well as grace and favour offices in a palatial Paris mansion.

Valérie Trierweiler made suicide bid in the Elysée Palace after Gayet affair revealed.
François Hollande was forced to wrestle sleeping pills from the hand of his furious lover Valérie Trierweiler as she tried to commit suicide following the collapse of their relationship.

French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made headlines worldwide, on September 2 won a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car.

Julie Gayet attends the Opening Ceremony and 'Birdman' premiere during the 71st Venice Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 27, 2014 in Venice, Italy.

Julie Gayet attends the Opening Ceremony and ‘Birdman’ premiere during the 71st Venice Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 27, 2014 in Venice, Italy.

[August 14 Francois Hollande celebrates his birthday with family]

Another beach, another dump

Another beach, another dump

 Valerie Trierweiler

Valerie Trierweiler

Francois Hollande’s affair with the actress Julie Gayet appears to be over after she was seen on holiday with Pierre Puybasset, manager at Financial Exchequer, Paris, and he went off on a break alone.
Valerie Trierweiler, 49, had to leave the Elysee Palace when Mr Hollande’s secret affair with Miss Gayet, a 42-year-old actress, was made public.

[June 28 Valerie Trierweiler decorations at Presidential summer residence removed]

a riposte to Hollande travels...no limo now,  take the subway

a riposte to Hollande travels…no limo now, takes the subway, March 1]

VALÉRIE TRIERWEILER:Her traces erased from the Fort of Brégançon. François Hollande did not retain the changes made ​​by the former first lady at the summer residence of the Presidents in the South of France …. “These acquisitions have now disappeared, recovered by the Office of National Furniture with crockery, linen and furniture of the garden, ”
[February 12]

 swimwear photo brings writ

swimwear photo brings writ

Valerie Trierweiler, former partner of French president Francois Hollande in Mauritius

Valerie Trierweiler, former partner of French president Francois Hollande in Mauritius But Hollande ain’t seen nothing yet — wait until Trierweiler, a journalist known for her quick, acid tongue, gets her turn at the mike.

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Fouille-merde: Valerie Trierweiler after Hollande: Valerie Trierweiler, former partner of French president Francois Hollande, has issued a writ against French Closer magazine for publishing pictures of her in her swimwear while on holiday in Mauritius


Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud however said Ms Trierweiler “could not ignore that by bathing in a two-piece swimsuit on the beach of the official presidential retreat, she risked being photographed”.

World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: October 24, 2012

But France is there when it counts
[January 31]

Julie Gayet in the French film by Bertrand Tavernier, “Quai d’Orsay”.

President Hollande has a date with President Obama in Washington on February 11. His good friend Julie Gayet has a date in Paris with the Cesar Award ceremony on Feb. 28.

Julie Gayet is nominated for the French ‘Oscar’. Actress Julie Gayet, 41.,a supporting actress in Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay, a comedy about life at the French foreign ministry, has been nominated for a Cesar, the most prestigious prize in French cinema. Ms Gayet has been keeping a very low profile, although friends have been saying she has no intention of trying to become the next first lady.

Guardian: “Gayet co-stars as a vampish policy adviser on Africa who will reportedly stop at nothing to gain an advantage over her rivals.”

Variety: “Arthur finds himself sabotaged for sport by one colleague (Julie Gayet, as the seductive policy advisor on Africa)”

Le Monde: ” The other members are also tasty, especially … Julie Gayet (Councillor Africa ).”

And as if that were not enough, Julie Gayet will compete with … Marisa Borini , mother of Carla Bruni (!) for her role in A castle in Italy
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is an Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model. She married the then President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy believes he can capitalise on the fallout from Hollande’s decision to end his relationship with former first lady Valerie Trierweiler following the revelation of his affair with actress Julie Gayet.

Sarkozy, who divorced his second wife Cecilia and started living with former supermodel Carla Bruni during his time in office, has been reluctant to say too much about the saga in public. In private however, Sarkozy has reportedly been rubbing his hands with glee over a scandal that he believes will do further damage to his rival’s standing, particularly with women voters turned off by the curt 18-word statement Hollande used to announce the end of his relationship with Trierweiler.

[June 29]

During her two-day visit to India on behalf of the French charity Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) she visited a slum and witnessed a feeding program for malnourished children.She told AFP during the India trip that she would like to extend her humanitarian work – ‘‘especially towards poor children’’.The 48-year-old, who is still employed as an arts writer by the French magazine Paris Match, said she planned to continue charity work rather than returning to her previous role as a political journalist.

In May 2012, during the hard-fought elections for France’s National Assembly, when Trierweiler, a heavy Twitter user, tweeted her support for a candidate who was running against Ségolène Royal, the mother of Hollande’s four children, with whom he lived for many years (and whom he finally left for Trierweiler). Royal lost the race, dashing Hollande’s hopes for having her as an ally in the fractious parliament.

Though Trierweiler tried hard to make amends for her mistake in subsequent posts, the tweet was never forgotten. As the months went on, the doubts about her emerged at odd moments. While Hollande was on a visit inside France one day, a woman in the crowd bluntly told him, “don’t marry Valérie Trierweiler, we don’t like her,” leaving the president speechless; the video of the scene played heavily on French TV

[January 25]

France’s first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, sent a farewell message January 25 via Twitter to staff at the presidential palace, a move that comes after President Francois Hollande reportedly announced the couple is splitting up. “All my gratitude goes to the extraordinary people at the Élysées. I will never forget the devotion or emotion at the time of leaving,” she wrote.

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Valerie and Michelle

Valerie Trierweiler has already met the Obamas

Valerie Trierweiler has already met the Obamas

Ms Trierweiler is travelling to India on January 26 support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger. . Her second marriage was to Denis Trierweiler, a sub-editor at Paris Match magazine, and a writer and academic. This marriage produced three children and divorce proceedings took three years (2007-2010).

[January 24]

Newly elected president Francois Hollande poses with children in front of his home on May 7, 2012 in Paris, one day after the announcement of the first official results of the French presidential second round.  Flora Hollande Daughter Thomas Hollande Son Julien Hollande Son Clémence Hollande Son

Newly elected president Francois Hollande poses with children in front of his home on May 7, 2012 in Paris, one day after the announcement of the first official results of the French presidential second round. Flora Hollande, Daughter;Thomas Hollande,Son;Julien Hollande,Son;Clémence Hollande,Son [Mr Hollande had a Catholic upbringing and had his four children christened but never married.]

Valerie Trierweiler has told friends that she expects to accompany Francois Hollande on his trip to Washington from 9 February.

Mobilier National, which is responsible for furnishing the official palace of the Republic and the various presidential residences denied published items, saying: ” The National Furniture opposes categorically denied the rumor circulating on the internet regarding a supposed destruction of furniture at the Elysee Palace. This rumor is based on totally false elements . ”

[January 21]
Hollande, who has four children from a previous relationship with fellow Socialist politician Segolene Royal, has reportedly been advised to be a “bachelor president” while the public digests the news of the affair.

“If there must be a split, it must be dignified and elegant regarding Valerie Trierweiler,” one of Hollande’s advisers reportedly told French newspaper Le Figaro Monday. “And above all, Julie Gayet mustn’t instantly move into the Elysee.” Then again…

[January 19]

 Collapsed and humiliated, she found herself caught between her huge distress and his impetuosity, her questions about her future and her anger. Today, Valérie Trierweiler is perhaps at the end of a path. She was attracted to the lure of power. She learned she acted, she suffered, she knows hardness and cruelty of public life.

Collapsed and humiliated, she found herself caught between her huge distress and his impetuosity, her questions about her future and her anger. Today, Valérie Trierweiler is perhaps at the end of a path. She was attracted to the lure of power. She learned she acted, she suffered, she knows hardness and cruelty of public life.

Valérie Trierweiler left Saturday the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, where she stayed for eight days. Story of a difficult week.

More than a week cloistered in a room of the Salpêtrière, surrounded by guards and nurses, with her iPhone for company! Very dejected, voltage at half-mast, she dined on the ham-shells of the hospital, not the little delicacies of the Elysee. She saw almost no one except her son, the youngest, everyday, her mother and brother from time to time.

Tuesday from her bed she watched the press conference of the President of the Republic on the mini-screen of her iPhone, because her room had no TV or iPad. This is not to say that she was disappointed by the necessity he had to evade the problem. She thought for a moment to attend this conference. The doctors have dissuaded. Too weak. No need to vanish amid flashes and microphones.

Thursday, Valérie Trierweiler told her son she wanted at all costs to leave the hospital to resume her life. She was better. But curiously, late Friday morning, her son was no longer welcome at his bedside. Conspicuously absent, she seemed asleep very deeply. His son explodes, concerned with the physician. She was told that her mother needs rest.

The previous evening, Thursday 21 am at 15 hours, Francois Hollande, who still remains her official companion visited her for half an hour. They did not jumped into each other’s arms, that is no longer there. He told her he “needed time”. This is why they have agreed for her to stay at La Lanterne “pending.” Waiting for what? This is the problem.

With 19 months to run in as undefined First Lady under the eyes of French and under the scrutiny of the world press, with many public appearances, with the drivers, assistants, bodyguards, dresses fashion function, it will be difficult descending into everyday life. Become anonymous? Impossible! Valerie never wanted to let go of her original job: Articles for Paris Match. An anchor. A kind of insurance? The apartment on rue Cauchy in the 15th where the couple lived before the election is in the name of Francois Hollande. He will have his home in it? Imagine the anxiety.

It will take time, years, to collect the most violent shock of his life: the deception of the man who was his companion for 8 years. The worst: read in the press that the story with Julie Gayet had begun before the election … Valerie oscillates between depression and rage.

WHY THIS HOSPITAL?

Upon publication of pictures of “Closer” after a tough call – confessions – with François Hollande, she would have taken some sleeping pills, just to find some respite from a sleep that could not, she may be swallowed a tablet too. But it is not the mother of three boys, hardworking, very rooted in reality that will make a suicide attempt. The next day she wakes up in the Elysée, nauseous, unwell, it would be worse. “Services” the Elysee advised her to be hospitalized, to create distance.

Ideally, the Presidency wished not to publicize her hospitalization but Valérie Trierweiler wasfirm that the information leaked. Contrary to what you read, Ségolène Royal has never gone to visit Valerie at the Salpetriere, she let go, telling a confidante that “Francis did not know howto be true.” Sex is a dividend of power? Or just a taste for the secret love? At the Elysee, they already tried to turn the page …

Eight days, Valerie finds herself alone to handle everything. Collapsed and humiliated, she found herself caught between her huge distress and his impetuosity, her questions about her future and her anger. Today, Valérie Trierweiler is perhaps at the end of a path. She wasattracted to the lure of power. She learned she acted, she suffered, she knows hardness and cruelty of public life. A lock needs to turn slowly regain a foothold …

January 12]

'First Lady' has blues

‘First Lady’ has blues

The Elysée Palace said that Ms Trierweiler, 49, had suffered a “severe case of the blues” last Friday after Closer published an article about the alleged affair with Julie Gayet. She was taken to a Paris hospital and is expected to remain until January 12.

[January 10]

‘Around New Year’s Day, French President Francois Hollande, a helmeted head of state, joined Juliet Gayet, the actress, at her apartment, where he has got into the habit of spending the night,’ Closer wrote on its website. Hollande routinely drives through Paris on his scooter to spend the night with his 41-year-old mistress.

[July 18 2011]

 Anne Mansouret is an elected local official for the Socialist party

Anne Mansouret is an elected local official for the Socialist party

According to a report by the French magazine L’Express, Mansouret recently revealed to the special prosecutor investigating Tristane’s case that she had a very real, very messy reason for advising her daughter as she did: her own sexual past with DSK.

Mansouret told the prosecutor that she had a single, violent sexual encounter that took place in the OECD building in Paris, where DSK worked as special advisor to the organization’s Secretary General. L’Express in french a Socialist Party politician, François Hollande, took an interest in the matter. according to Le Nouvel Observateur
Investigators interviewed Tristane Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret July 13, who said she collected her daughter from the scene of the alleged assault in a state of shock. Anne Mansouret is an elected local official for the Socialist party, and has said that senior members of the party were made aware of the assault.

The Carlton case: the civil conviction of DSK has been annulled on appeal. Recalling that the damage that a civil party can obtain compensation must result from a proven fault and limited to the object of the prosecution, the highest court of the judiciary considered that the Court of Appeal had disregarded this principle. In June 2015, the four defendants had all been acquitted by the Criminal Court of Lille.

 

 

[ March 4 2015 Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles ‘Dodo Sex Klub’ case? ]

Dominique Alderweireld claimed that “The DSK” meant in reality “Dodo Sex Klub”, the former president of the IMF nevertheless sued the owner of the club. On June 30,3014, a Belgian justice prohibited Dominique Alderweireld to use the initials of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to increase the notoriety of his bar hostesses, located near the French border. A judgment which Dominique Alderweireld appealed.
While the Court of appeal of Mons had to consider the case, Tuesday, March 3, it seems that the two men have finally reached an agreement. “At the end of last week, I was contacted by Mr Strauss-Kahn’s counsel proposing a settlement.Dominique Alderweireld wished to add specific conditions. The terms of the agreement are not yet finalized but it will not result in a delay”, said Mr. Etienne Wéry, the lawyer of Dominique Alderweireld. It islikely that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will abandons the suit and that Dominique Alderweireld renounces the name “The DSK”.
[May 28 2014]
The Court of First Instance of Hainaut , a division of Tournai, set the trial between Dominique Strauss v. Kahn Dominique Alderweireld , pimp better known by the nickname Dodo Brine forThursday, February 5, 2015 at 15h . The court granted the request of the former head of the IMF, for a summary hearing on the prohibition of his initials and image in advertising the new facilityof Dodo Brine , opened Bernissart April 30 last for On 25 June 2014.
The Brussels lawyers Dominique Strauss- Kahn , namely Alain Berenboom and Michèle Hirsch, and lawyers Dominique Alderweireld the Tournaisien Me Wery Etienne and Paris Sorin Margulis, will defend the views of their customers in a public hearing Referee scheduled Wednesday, June 25 at 9 am at the courthouse in Tournai .

The former IMF chief asks the court to prohibit Dominique Alderweireld use his initials, ” that identify to everyone ” for operating a brothel in Bernissart . Lawyers Dodo Brine noted several cases where the initial DSK , which does not necessarily refer to the former head of the IMF , are used for commercial purposes . Dodo, meanwhile, refused to change the name of the Dodo Sex Klub .

The two men are both summoned on pimping charges before the Lille Criminal Court in the case of so-called ” Carlton Affaire” . This trial will take place in 2015.

[April 30]

Alderweireld and Strauss-Kahn both face pimping charges in relation to an alleged prostitution ring at the luxury Hotel Carlton in the French city of Lille

Alderweireld and Strauss-Kahn both face pimping charges in relation to an alleged prostitution ring at the luxury Hotel Carlton in the French city of Lille

Strauss-Kahn has had a letter sent by his French lawyers threatening every judicial measure against Dominique Alderweireld or ‘Dodo la Saumure’ for opening brothel under the name ‘Dodo Sex Klub'” with his (Strauss-Kahn’s) initials “which identify him to all.” It is set to open in the town of Blaton in Belgium, where prostitution and owning brothels are legal. Alderweireld and Strauss-Kahn both face pimping charges in relation to an alleged prostitution ring at the luxury Hotel Carlton in the French city of Lille. If convicted, Strauss-Kahn faces a maximum of ten years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5 million (£1.29m).

[May 27 2013]

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French prosecutors are convinced they have a case against Strauss-Kahn for “aggravated pimping in an organised gang.”

The case, known here as the “Carlton affair”, centres around allegations that business leaders and police officials in Lille operated a vice ring supplying girls for sex parties, some of which are said to have taken place at the city’s Carlton Hotel. Investigators are seeking to discover if prostitutes were paid using corporate funds from a large French construction company, Eiffage.
“If these parties and these trips across the Atlantic were being financed by a major French group for purposes of prostitution obviously that puts a lot of people in deep trouble because it is a misuse of corporate money,” said a legal expert who is not linked to the Strauss-Kahn case.

[March 23 2013]

 Dominique Alderweireld with partner Bea allege basement orgy

Dominique Alderweireld with partner Bea allege basement orgy

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn cancelled plans to speak at an European Parliament debate next week, after MEPs said it would be “indecent” for him to speak at the House.

Madame Bea reveals the events that occurred on March 6, 2009 in the Parisian restaurant L Aventure where, after lunch, Strauss-Kahn and five more men went down to the basement and began the sex party,. “I have in my mind the image of DSK dressed only in a white shirt. He had dropped his pants and had four straight sex with the girl on all fours and just meters from us. Dominique Alderweireld, alias Dodo The Saumure, companion and partner of Bea in brothels, admits that a call intercepted by the police talking about this orgy was the trigger the so-called Carlton Case , a scandal for which Dominique Strauss-Kahn declared late March accused of pimping. Spanish Vanity Fair

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has married Myriam L’Aouffir

 

Dominique Strauss Kahn married Myriam L’Aouffir in Marrakech this weekend. In 2013, Myriam L’Aouffir, was responsible for social networks and communication in France 2. She then briefly took charge of external relations at the Moroccan Embassy. At 49, this dynamic woman is today at the head of the agency Daenery’s,com, specializing in digital marketing, headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco. Moroccan nationality, Mariem Laouffir, who had her name changed and added an apostrophe, owns a magnificent property in Casablanca, where DSK also owns a place.
Considered a “woman of networks”, she is notably close to the filmmaker Elie Chouraqui.

[June 12 2015 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “What a waste.” ]

 “aggravated pimping” charges

“aggravated pimping” charges

Vanessa

Myriam

Myriam

“All that for this?” Strauss-Kahn said as he rose to leave the courtroom with his girlfriend and adult daughter. “What a waste.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared by a French court of “aggravated pimping” charges.The judges said there was no proof he knew that some of the women he had sex with at orgies were prostitutes. The judge Bernard Lemaire read out in Lille’s courthouse on Friday (12 June).he 147 pages-long judgment, the soirées organised in Washington were outside French jurisdiction.

[February 21 Carlton – A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12]


A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12. The withdrawal from the case of four prostitutes and an association appeared to show the case against Mr Strauss-Kahn weakening.

[February 17 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The Next French presidential election in April and May 2017.]

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre called for the acquittal of the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on charges of pimping. He said neither the investigation nor the evidence heard in court had established that he was guilty. Lawyers for an association that had filed suit announced February 17 that it was abandoning its pursuit of Strauss-Kahn. Only one association, a group pushing to abolish prostitution called Nid or “nest,” maintained its accusations against Strauss-Kahn and his 13 co-defendants. Chief judge Bernard Lemaire opened the trial by stressing the court would not judge sexual activities among consenting adults. “The court,” he said, “is not the guardian of moral order, but of the law.”

[February 16 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”]

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Strauss-Kahn, “didn’t give up” during questioning by judges, repeatedly denying knowledge that the women were prostitutes. Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on February 16 they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head.
Terms of the confidential settlement of New York chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo’s civil suit against Strauss-Kahn have never been disclosed. The chambermaid and her daughter are doing well she runs Chez Amina, serving up African, American and Spanish food. New York Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stating that the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault had told so many lies that her story could no longer be considered reliable. The New York prosecutor said “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”

[February 12 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate”]

 Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK) Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK)[insolvent] Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his late partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn testified February 12 that using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate” but the use of the phrase doesn’t mean he saw them as sex workers.

[February 10 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “If I had known that I would not have gone along,”]

DSK on first day. He did not attend later and witnesses may not testify as to accused not present, but descriptions are allowed

Strauss-Kahn took the stand to answer questions from the lead judge. Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that despite the idea given in court papers of “frenetic activity”, the group-sex sessions were organised four times a year, in a period when he was very busy “saving the world from catastrophe” at the time of the sub-prime crisis. At the same time, he said, he had a “complicated relationship” with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a French journalist. Asked whether he never suspected that any of the seven women who came to the “swingers’ parties – often alone- were prostitutes, Mr Strauss-Kahn said “never”.“If I had known that I would not have gone along,” he said, adding: “I thought they were coming for the excitement and the adventure. I never thought they were coming just for me.”

[February 6 ]
Testifying on February 5, Dominique Alderweireld, better known as “Dodo le Saumure” (which roughly translates as Dodo the Pimp), whose businesses are based in Belgium, accused of bussing prostitutes over the border to work in Lille’s Carlton Hotel, denied shipping prostitutes to France for profit, including the orgies in which DSK was reported to have participated. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due to give evidence next February 10.

[February 3 Jade describes sex work with DSK in Lille, Belgium, and Washington, D.C.]
An ex-prostitute nicknamed “Jade” explained how Rene Kojfer, 74, former public relations manager for the Carlton and her employer Dominique Alderweireld, a notorious brothel owner in Belgium just across the border who is known as “Dodo the Pimp” would organize for her and other women to attend lunchtime sex parties at a private Lille apartment. The judge asked her directly what she was paid for: “Well, I wasn’t there doing the cleaning”, she retorted. Jade, who has two children, bespectacled and with a brunette bob, dressed in neutral colors with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. [3 novembre 2011 police trial of divisional commissioner Jean-Christophe Lagarde , head of the North departmental safety.] Jade’s first offer was to go to Paris to participate in a sexual afternoon in a hotel In 2009,l. There she met Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “We were 10 to 15 people. There was a buzz. Everyone kept saying “it will happen, ‘” she described. A few months later, when she stopped working for Dodo brine, David Pug offered again. This time it’s a trip to a swingers club in Belgium, again with the former director of the IMF. “I think he liked me,” she says, adding that “it has always been courteous and delicate.” Each time, she says Avoie paid by cash, Fabrice Paszkowski.
Jade tells a third and final meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in early 2010, in Washington. She says she left with Fabrice Paszkowski and Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a divisional commissioner indicted in an alleged case of pandering. The young woman said to have had sex one night in a hotel. She tells of visiting IMF headquarters with DSK, who was then still CEO.
David Pug offered her another trip to Washington, which she can not participate, then stops the contact. Today, she says that the parties were “nice” but that “prostitution, it marks you for life.” “I can never forget,” she says.

[February 2

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

Strauss-Kahn was charged with “aggravated pimping” in the Lille case in 2012, as investigators said he played an organizing role in the ring. While prostitution and paying for sex aren’t illegal in France, procuring prostitutes for others is.
The accusations “contradict all good legal sense,” his defense team said in a December 2012 statement. Strauss-Kahn was “serene” about the trial and was confident the court will clear him.
The trial will run through Feb. 20, and may be extended by a week, though the judges’ verdict will come later, . If convicted, he could face 10 years in jail and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.

[January 28 DSK trial opens February 2, 2015 on charge of procuring prostitutes]

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.   A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped. No trial date was set.

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group. A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped.
It opens before the correctional tribunal February 2, 2015.

[March 27 2012 DSK will appeal charge of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”]


Counsel for Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced plans to appeal the decision of indictment, stating that the latter state to be guilty of any of the facts alleged against him.

“It goes without saying that we will seek the annulment of that decision” of indictment, said lawyer Henri Leclerc, one of three lawyers Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after hearing of his client.

”proxénétisme aggravé en bande organisée”
Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was released on bail of 100,000 euros (£84,000; $135,000) after questioning in the northern city of Lille.
[March 26]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged alleging with involvement in a French prostitution ring.
Investigating judges questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours March 26. Strauss-Kahn was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”
The preliminary charges in Lille—procurement as part of a group of acquaintances based in Lille–meant the magistrates there concluded Strauss-Kahn’s conduct, along with the others, should be investigated further with an eye to putting him on trial. They did not mean he was accused of employing or profiting from the work of prostitutes.

Under French law, prostitution is tolerated but procurement is a crime punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment, meaning Strauss-Kahn in theory risks going to jail. The magistrates did not pursue the other allegations under investigation, which alleged Strauss-Kahn participated in corruption because his partners in the sex parties put prostitutes’ bills and other charges on their company expense accounts. His lawyer Malka says Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing. The lawyer also says it is wrong to prosecute Strauss-Kahn for “simple libertine activity.”
Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.
Strauss-Kahn quit the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in May. The charges were later dropped. Using prostitutes is not illegal in France. But potential charges hang on whether investigating magistrates are convinced Mr Strauss-Kahn was aware the women he had sex with in restaurants, hotels and swingers’ clubs in Paris and several European capitals were prostitutes paid for using company funds.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012