Hotel Maid Gives IMF Head Probe

French writer Tristane Banon who had to fend off Mr Strauss Kahn with kicks & punches.

Oh to have the life of the Head of the International Monetary Fund. You get to fly around the world first class, making pronouncements on the fiscal future of countries with ailing economies (such as Ireland).

When you pitch up in New York, you get to stay in the Sofitel in a suite costing a whopping great 1855 quid a night. Preferential deals on first class travel – you name it you got it.

And, when you get this much handed to you on a plate, what else do you do when you come walking out of your shower in the buff and spy a lowly hotel maid. Well the only thing you can do really, is chase her down a corridor naked.

Welcome to the world of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French womaniser-cum-head of the IMF.

Having allegedly forced the 32 year old maid to perform a criminal sex act, whatever that is, he hi-tailed it to JFK for the fastest plane out of there back to France.

But, ten minutes before his plane took off he was arrested on board and brought downtown by Andy Sipowicz and the boys from NYPD Blue to face charges including attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.

Mr Strauss Kahn has since agreed to a DNA test to prove his innocence. Does that mean he did or didn’t leave DNA evidence on the premises? And did anyone see Monica Lewinsky leave the building?

Among the more bizarre suggestions is that Mr Strauss Kahn was set up by political rivals to derail hi bid for the French Presidential election.

Following his detention and forensic DNA test William Taylor, the IMF chief’s Washington-based lawyer said: “Our client willingly consented to a scientific and forensic examination tonight. He’s tired but he’s fine.”

The Daily Telegraph reports that he was labelled “The Great Seducer” by the French media, where he has been criticised for his behaviour towards women.

Tristane Banon, a French writer, claimed she fended him off with kicks and punches during an alleged encounter. In 2008 he admitted to an affair with Piroska Nagy, a senior IMF official.

This then is the man that presided over Ireland’s IMF bailout. With the country liable for £5 billion a year in interest charges (what is £1855 on a hotel room?) and all this chat of punitive interest rates, maybe we should have let him loose in a hotel with a few willing chambermaids. That way we could at least have had a bargaining tool for better interest rates.

When people get into these lofty positions they seem to think they can do whatever they want. Certainly in the strange and wonderful case of Mr Strauss Kahn, he thinks he can.

It’s comforting and reassuring to know that Ireland’s immediate economic future is in such safe hands