Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Strauss-Kahn says he regrets 'liaison' with hotel maid

19 September 2011 Last updated at 02:25 BST

The French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn has given his first interview since he was accused of attempting to rape a maid at a hotel in New York.

Mr Strauss Kahn, who resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, told the television channel TF1 that it was a moral failing but not rape.

Although prosecutors dropped the criminal charges, the maid Nafissatou Diallo is still pursuing a civil action against him.

The BBC's Christian Fraser reports.