Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn's goes on trial for 'pimping' -
Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn went on trial on Monday accused of pimping, four years after a sex scandal cost him his job and a shot at the French presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist found himself back in the dock — this time in the northern French city of Lille — accused of being at the centre of a vice ring which hired prostitutes for sex parties in Brussels, Paris and Washington. He appeared on edge as he sat, arms folded, while presiding judge Bernard Lemaire read out the charges against him and 13 co-accused, a colourful cast of characters including luxury hotel managers, a lawyer, former police commissioner, and a brothel owner nicknamed "Dodo the Pimp". "You are accused of aiding and abetting the prostitution of seven persons between March 29, 2008 and October 4, 2011, and of hiring and encouraging the prostitution of these same persons," Lemaire told Strauss-Kahn.