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, is seeking to throw out criminal charges in an inquiry into ties to a prostitution ring with the legal argument that the authorities are unfairly trying to ‘‘criminalize lust.’’
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