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Strauss-Kahn and friend walk Cannes red carpet

media Dominique Strauss-Kahn (C) and Myriam L'Aouffir (L) pose for photographers … Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Disgraced former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn put in a defiant appearance on the red carpet at Cannes on Saturday, accompanied by a glamorous companion who is reported to be his new partner.

A smiling Strauss-Kahn, in regulation bow tie and black suit, posed for photographers on

Cannes 2013

the red carpet on Saturday along with Myrian L'Aouffir, who gossip magazines say is his new girlfriend after the break-up of his marriage with former TV journalist Anne Sinclair.

The couple attended a showing of Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers left alive, according to festival organisers.

They arrived shortly after French film star Alain Delon, who was set to view a restored version of René Clément's Plein Soleil (Purple Noon), the 1960 film that launched his career.

Dossier: The Strauss-Kahn affair rocks France, IMF

The trailer for Abel Ferrara's film Welcome to New York appeared on the internet on the first day of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Gérard Depardieu, it is based on the scandal that ended Strauss-Kahn's career at the IMF and wrecked his hopes of becoming French president in last year's election.


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