Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
It was confirmation that the pair are together, following DSK’s split last year from his long-suffering wife of 20 years, Anne Sinclair.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Myriam L’Aouffir were rumored last September to have started dating but this appearance appeared to be the first public confirmation. They attended the screening of a French film, Full Sun, starring veteran actor Alain Delon.
At 43 years-old, Myriam L’Aouffir is 20 years younger than her infamous economist boyfriend.
Like DSK, Myriam L’Aouffir comes from a Moroccan background, and is also believed to be estranged from her husband, with whom she has two children. She works in marketing.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn last December agreed a financial settlement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo whose 2011 allegation of s***al assault forced him to resign from the International Monetary Fund.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013
DSK – once tipped as a Socialist French president – was accused of trying to rape chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo at a Sofitel Hotel in New York.
After being held in the NYC’s notorious Rikers Island prison, criminal charges were dropped.
DSK then returned to France last year only to face accusations of s***ally abusing a young French writer.
French judges agreed there was a case against DSK, but had to drop it because the alleged attack happened more than a decade ago.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was then charged with conspiring with pimps in Lille, northern France, to procure girls for s** parties around the world.
A film starring Jacqueline Bisset – who plays his former wife Anne Sinclair – and Gerard Depardieu as DSK which recreates the drama around the 2011 incident is expected to be released later this year.
DSK’s New York arrest ultimately destroyed his ambitions for the French presidency.
A gifted orator, fluent in English and German, DSK had been seen as a likely challenger to president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election, won by Francois Hollande.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been spotted with his new girlfriend, Myriam Aouffir, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Myriam Aouffir, 43, is a high-profile press officer for French television.
She has already been seen with DSK on the Mediterranean island of Corsica but now the couple have been pictured lapping up the sun in the holy city.
In May 2011, DSK, 64, was arrested for assaulting a maid at the Sofitel, a midtown Manhattan hotel. Charges were later dropped but it led to revelations about the former IMF chief’s sex life, in which he admitted attending swingers’ parties.
Anne Sinclair, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s former partner, confirmed she has split from her scandal-hit husband at the end of last month.
Anne Sinclair, 64, originally stuck by DSK after he was embroiled in a catalogue of scandals last year.
But the multi-millionaire heiress finally kicked her husband out of their Paris apartment in June, before immersing herself in a new job running an internet site in the French capital.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been spotted with his new girlfriend, Myriam Aouffir, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem
The new relationship between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Myriam Aouffir has been high profile even though they have been together less than a year.
Like DSK, Myriam Aouffir comes from a Moroccan background, and is also believed to be estranged from her husband, with whom she has two children.
Myriam Aouffir, who studied at Montpellier University, has been seeing Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a number of months, according to close friends of the couple.
Anne Sinclair, the long-suffering wife of former IFM chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has finally left him, it was confirmed last night.
After months of loyal support in the face of seedy vice allegations, Anne Sinclair kicked DSK out of their Paris home.
The split happened a month ago but Anne Sinclair, a 64-year-old art heiress and internet journalist, initially managed to keep it quiet.
But as the now unemployed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 63, prepared for further court appearances, he confirmed the separation.
“They are no longer living as man and wife,” said a source close to DSK, who at one stage was being tipped to become Socialist president of France.
Anne Sinclair, the long-suffering wife of former IFM chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has finally left him
Instead his career was ruined when, in May 2011, a New York chamber maid accused him of attempted rape.
DSK was later cleared in a criminal court, but admitted that a sex act had taken place, and the maid is now pursuing a civil case against him.
Anne Sinclair, who has been with Dominique Strauss-Kahn for 20 years, initially offered him unquestioning support but this began to waver as allegations mounted up.
Anne Sinclair, who used to present programmes on French TV, this year relaunched her media career as an editor on the Huffington Post website’s French edition.
Referring to DSK, a source told Reuters earlier this month: “He’s in a bad way. It’s very sad. He’s mostly just at home on his own while Anne is out and about with her new job. He’s shunned by everybody.”