The Book

Getting the 411 on DSK

To describe journalist Francois Dufour's account of May 16, the day that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, sat in a New York court room facing charges of the sexual assaut of a hotel chambermaid, as forensic would be something of an understatement. In his new book, no stone - and no Tweet - is left unturned.

Monsieur Dufour had the good fortune to be one of only a small number of French reporters who cottoned on to the story in time to join the public gallery of the courtroom (thanks, as he explains in his preface, to a tip-off from his tennis partner) and his dispatches, mostly sent via Twitter, became an important news resource to the avid attentions of the French media.

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The aims of the book, as its author makes clear, are not to judge the actions of DSK - which of course caused a media storm in France, where all kinds of political conspiracy theories were proposed - but simply to document in close detail the events as they unfolded, from the defendant's first courtroom entrance at 10:47am through to 8pm, when lights are turned off on Rikers Island's newest guest.

DSK May 16, 2011: From The Perp Walk To Rikers Island by Francois Dufour is available now in online version from, the paper version is available at