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French president auctions off wines in austerity fire sale

The French presidency will on Thursday and Friday put up for auction 1,200 bottles of wines in an unprecedented belt-tightening measure at a time of recession. The sale, to be conducted by the Drouot auction house, is a watershed with the Elysee putting up some of the contents of its…

Strauss-Kahn accuser meets with prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her met with prosecutors on Wednesday for several hours to discuss details of the case. Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said afterward the meeting went well and that taped conversations…

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