Strauss-Kahn gets a warm welcome on return to IMF

FORMER IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn apologised to the institution’s staff in his first return visit since charges of sexual assault against him were dropped last week. He was greeted with warm applause.

Strauss-Kahn, who was with his wife French TV personality wife Anne Sinclair, drove himself to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and met briefly with his successor and fellow French national Christine Lagarde.

He later addressed a packed auditorium out of reach of the cameras of televisions crews and photographers who had camped outside the IMF all day waiting for the former director.

“He received a very warm welcome,” said Paulo Nogueira Batista, who represents Brazil and a group of eight Latin American countries, after the meeting. “It reflects the fact that he is very much appreciated in the institution.”

The IMF said the visit by Strauss-Kahn was personal and arranged at his request.