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Power, prostitutes and alcohol-fuelled orgies: But will Dominique Strauss-Khan sue over lurid movie based on his disgrace?

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No Cannes premier complete with A-list celebrities, red carpet receptions, and banks of paparazzi, hundreds of films compete to be named king of the Cannes festival.

However, Welcome To New York, an eagerly-awaited American film starring Gerard Depardieu which is loosely based on the rise and fall of former French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Khan, did without all of that.

Screened in the local Star Cinema, previously known for its pornographic offerings, the film isn't even taking part in the competition, but has attracted attention for entirely different reasons.

Depardieu plays sex-addict Mr Deveraux, a character said to be based on former head of the IMF Mr Khan.

The French statesman was arrested in 2011 just as he was preparing a bid to become the next French president, accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a New York chamber maid, of trying to rape her.

Lawyers for Mr Strauss-Kahn proved that a sex act which took place was consensual, but he was forced to step down from his $500,000 a-year job at the International Monetary Fund.

Diallo then sued Mr Strauss-Kahn, but the two sides reached a financial settlement late last year, the details of which have never been disclosed.

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