The former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made an enigmatic appearance on social media with the tweeted message “Jack is back”.
The creation of an account in Mr Strauss-Kahn’s name - confirmed as genuine by Twitter – caused a storm of curiosity, amusment and fury in the French-language twittosphere today.
Within a matter of hours, @dstrausskahn has accumulated 21,000 followers.
Ten days after his adquittal of pimping charges in Lille in northern France, bringing to a close four years of disgrace and three unsuccessful prosecutions for sexual misconduct, the former French presidential front-runner plainly intended to signal the beginning of a new phase in his life and career.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A timeline
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A timeline
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25 April 1949: Born in Paris in the wealthyy suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the son of a lawyer
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1972: Attended Paris’ prestigious Institut d'études politiques de Paris – or Science Po – a breeding ground for the French elite
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1986: First foray into politics following involvement in the Socialist Party. Elected a member of French parliament in the Haute-Savoie department
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1997: French PM Lionel Jospin appoints Strauss-Kahn as his finance minister, one of the most senior political roles in the country
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2006: Loses out in bid to become president of Socialist Party to Segolene Royal.
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2007: Named as the European nominee to run the IMF, and announced as its managing director on 28 September
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2008: IMF calls independent investigation over allegations Strauss-Kahn had an affair with subordinate Piroska Nagy. Nagy accused DSK of sustained harassment that left her feeling she had little choice but to sleep with him
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2011: Resigned after being arrested by New York police on sexual assault allegations
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2012: Signs settlement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in December
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2014: The events inspired a film starring Gerard Depardieu, released amid threats of a defamation suit from Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn goes on trial for aggravated pimping
Was he planning a political come-back, French internauts asked. At the age of 66, this was deemed to be highly unlikely.
What did he mean by calling himself, Jack?
Most commentators thought that this was a reference to Jack Bauer, the fictional hero of the American TV series “24” who emerges intact from endless scrapes.
However, one anonymous contributor to the Le Monde website pointed out that “jack” had a particular meaning in the Urban Dictionary, an on-line compilation of streetwise slang. “ JACK=Highly Attractive and Sexually Intriguing Individual. An Ultimate Sex God.”
Many French commentators suggested that DSK’s decision to launch himself into social media so soon after his acquittal was arrogant or unpleasant – and should be ignored.
Another contributor to the Le Monde site wrote: “I ate noodles for dinner tonight. Please publish the information.”
The first DSK tweet took the form of an image of a handwritten message which read, in English, “Hello Twitter! Jack is Back”.
DSK lists only five accounts that he follows, the economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, The Economist and Financial Times news sites and his new romantic partner, Myriam L’Aouffir.Reuse content