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French Prosecutors Seek to Drop Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

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Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (C) and Myriam L'Aouffir (R) watch the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and compatriot David Ferrer at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stad
French prosecutors have recommended dropping all charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a case involving alleged sexual offenses.

The prosecutor's office in the French city of Lille, where the case is based, said Tuesday there is not enough evidence to maintain charges against Strauss-Kahn of "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement in parties for wealthy men and prostitutes at a French hotel.

A judge will decide whether to dismiss the case or force Strauss-Kahn to stand trial.

Prosecutors also recommended that 12 other men involved in the French pimping case stand trial, but that charges they acted as part of an organized gang be dropped.

Strauss-Kahn was charged last year with helping to procure prostitutes for sex parties in France. It was one of several cases that surfaced after he was forced to resign from his IMF job over an alleged sex attack on a New York hotel maid two years ago.

Strauss-Kahn, a 64-year-old French economist and politician, was arrested after the hotel maid accused him of assaulting her when she went to clean his room at a luxury New York hotel. Prosecutors later dropped the charges, saying the woman would not be a credible witness. A settlement was reached in the case.

The scandal forced Strauss-Kahn to resign his IMF post and derailed his potential candidacy for the French presidency.