Book claims that Sarkozy knew about DSK's sexual practices
Nicolas Sarkozy "laughed uncontrollably" when told that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been caught at a woodland orgy with prostitutes but swore his aides to silence and went on to name him head of the International Monetary Fund, a new book claims.
'Les Strauss-Kahn,' written by Raphaelle Bacque and Ariane Chemin, journalists at 'Le Monde,' provides fresh details about Mr Sarkozy's knowledge of Mr Strauss-Kahn's sexual practices, his proximity to the Socialist and decision to protect his reputation.
Mr Sarkozy was interior minister in late 2006 -- a few months before his election to the presidency -- when Alain Gardere, the public security chief of Paris, told him about the incident.
Mr Strauss-Kahn went on to become the Socialist Party favourite to challenge Mr Sarkozy at this year's election. Mr Sarkozy is quoted as saying: "You know very well that he CANNOT be a candidate (given his behaviour and reputation as a libertine)."
Mr Sarkozy reportedly warned Mr Strauss-Kahn about his womanising before he left to run the IMF. The former president is quoted as telling him: "Over there they don't joke about this sort of thing. Your life will be passed under a magnifying glass. Avoid taking the lift alone with interns. France cannot permit a scandal."
Mr Sarkozy was proved correct -- Mr Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF chief after being accused of raping a New York hotel maid. He was subsequently cleared of the charge.
Mr Sarkozy never forgot a debate he had with Mr Strauss-Kahn before presidential elections in 1995, the authors said. Mr Strauss-Kahn spent the whole time staring at his rival's young blonde press attache.
The next month, he bombarded her with dozens of text messages whose graphic content were met with howls of laughter.
The book recounts how Mr Strauss-Kahn's compulsive womanising led him to try his luck with Valerie Trierweiler, President Francois Hollande's girlfriend and new First Lady when he was an MP.
"How is the prettiest journalist in Paris?," he is quoted as asking the reporter. "I thought that was Anne Sinclair," she replied, referring to Mr Strauss-Kahn's wife. (Daily Telegraph, London)