Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn says politics is over for him

Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn reacts as he attends a French Senate commission inquiry on the role of banks in tax evasion in Paris in this June 26, 2013 file picture. Mr Strauss-Kahn was once tipped to become Socialist president in France

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The French Socialist and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has said his political career is now over.

"Politics for me is in the past," he told Russian state TV, adding he was working as an economic advisor for big firms, including two based in Russia

Mr Strauss-Kahn was last week ordered to stand trial in France on charges of pimping in the city of Lille.

In 2011 he quit the IMF after claims of a sex attack on a New York hotel maid.

This month Mr Strauss-Kahn was appointed a member of the board of directors at two Russian state-controlled financial institutions - the Russian Fund for Direct Investment and the Russian Bank for Regional Development.

In an interview on Russia 24 TV channel, he said Russia should "significantly internationalise its economic activity".

Only days ago, investigating magistrates in France decided he should be tried along with 12 others in connection with an alleged prostitution ring at a hotel in Lille.

The former presidential hopeful has admitted attending sex parties there, but says he did not know that some of the women were paid prostitutes.

A series of lurid claims have been made about him since his arrest in New York in May 2011 after a hotel maid said he had tried to rape her.

Charges were eventually dropped, and Mr Strauss-Kahn subsequently reached a settlement with the maid, Nafissatou Diallo.

Two other cases against him have also been dismissed.

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