DSK election hopes fade

Steve Dinneen
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FORMER IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn will try to counter-sue French writer Tristane Banon if she files a claim of attempted rape against him as expected later today.

The revelation is the latest twist in the ongoing sex claims surrounding Strauss-Kahn. Banon says the politician attacked her in early 2003 when she was 22. Strauss-Kahn has appeared resurgent in recent days after the sex case launched against him by a New York hotel maid looks set to collapse amid allegations she lied to prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Strauss-Kahn’s chances of running in the French Presidential election next year appeared to fade as his Socialist party admitted it would be “the weakest” of all possibilities.

The party said it will not block a surprise late entry into its primaries in October – long after the June deadline – but feel his participation is increasingly unlikely.