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Disgraced IMF leader seeks redemption

PARIS — More than a year after resigning in disgrace as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking redemption with a new consulting company, the lecture circuit, and a uniquely French legal defense to settle a criminal inquiry that exposed his hidden life as a libertine.

Strauss-Kahn, 63, a silver-haired economist, is seeking to throw out criminal charges in an inquiry into ties to a prostitution ring in northern France with the legal argument that the authorities are unfairly trying to ‘‘criminalize lust.’’

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