Can Strauss-Kahn buy his way to freedom?

The ex-IMF chief is sparing no expense to stay out of jail. David Usborne reports

Eddie Izzard: Stripped, Théâtre de Dix Heures, Paris

"Tout en Français!" the posters proclaim, and indeed Stripped – Eddie Izzard's whistlestop tour through the history of civilisation, which he has performed on and off in English since 2008 – sees him hold forth on evolution, Nazis, sharks, God being a crack addict and giraffes playing charades – all in French.

French minister Georges Tron resigns after being accused of assaulting two women

A French government minister accused of sexual assault resigned yesterday.

G8 backs Lagarde bid to head IMF

The leaders of the G8 are backing French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde in her bid to run the IMF, according to her cabinet colleague Alain Juppé.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn assembles crisis team to clear name

Faced with a legal and media onslaught, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is pulling together a crack team of investigators, former spies and media advisers to fight charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chambermaid.

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When Michelle Obama takes girls to Oxford and tries to get them to imagine reaching for the top, she should also tell them what happens to women if they do

Home cinema, designer kitchen – no wonder Dominique Strauss-Kahn's smiling

Former IMF chief swaps Rikers Island jail for $50,000-a-month apartment in New York's trendy TriBeCa

French minister faces sexual harassment claims

Two young French women have brought charges of sexual harassment against a French minister, saying they had been emboldened by the arrest of the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

France seeks swift succession to end protests over IMF post

Emerging economies object to 'carve-up' but do not have a strong candidate to replace Strauss-Kahn

Christine Lagarde declares she wants IMF job

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has announced she will seek the top job at the International Monetary Fund.

Sarkozy allies 'tried to leak earlier sex scandal about Strauss-Kahn'

Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy tried to leak a police report stating that the French President's former political rival, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was found having sex with a prostitute in a car in Paris in 2007, Le Monde reported yesterday.

PM 'small-minded' over Brown's bid for IMF job

David Cameron and George Osborne have been branded "petty and small-minded" for rejecting Gordon Brown's bid to become head of the International Monetary Fund.

Claire Beale: DSK dashes hopes of the Musketeers

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How to make your own Easter egg

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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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