IMF chief’s wife says ‘one-night stand’ is forgiven

PARIS, October 20, 2008 (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s had only a “one-night stand” with a member of the world finance body’s staff, his wife insisted Sunday as the French establishment rallied round the former socialist minister.

“We have moved on,” said television journalist Anne Sinclair, insisting in her personal blog that she still loves the IMF chief as much as before.

The International Monetary Fund has launched an inquiry into the 59-year-old managing director after he admitted having an affair with a Hungarian staffer, Piroska Nagy.

Nagy quit a top-level post in the IMF’s Africa department and is now working for the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The probe is looking into whether Strauss-Kahn showed favoritism toward Nagy, and whether he sought retribution once their relationship ended, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The investigation will also look into the severance package given to Nagy who left when the IMF sought departures.

“There is an internal IMF inquiry. We are waiting calmly for its conclusion. It should be quick,” Strauss-Kahn’s wife said on her blog.

“There is the rest, which is part of our private life, on which I have no intention of