NEW YORK (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be charged with a "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape," a police official told reporters.


Strauss-Kahn, widely expected to run for the French presidency next year, was detained Saturday and quizzed over an alleged sexual assault on a New York hotel maid, police said.

The IMF managing director was escorted off an Air France flight just minutes before it was to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

He was expected to be arraigned overnight before a Manhattan judge.

In Washington, an International Monetary Fund spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Strauss-Kahn had been due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sunday to discuss an aid package for debt-laden Greece.

He was then due to attend a meeting of EU finance ministers on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels.