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Strauss-Kahn's favourite wife-swapping club closed 'for allowing high-class prostitutes to work'

December 31, 2011 - PARIS

A notorious wife-swapping club in Paris said to be a favourite place of shamed former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been shut down for allegedly allowing 'high-class prostitutes' to operate on its premises.

Les Chandelles has closed down temporarily and police have placed three people under investigation on suspicion of 'highly organised pimping,' the Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, one of the accused is former professional footballer Alim Ben Mabrouk, 51, who played for Algeria at the 1986 World Cup.

Les Chandelles, which translates as The Candles, is regarded as the most exclusive of the French capital's 50 swingers' clubs and members are reputed to include Strauss-Kahn, celebrities and several politicians.

Admittance is only granted to the wealthy, famous or extremely good-looking.

But detectives believe the club is frequented by high-class prostitutes and have shut it down until further notice.

Paris police will decide in 24 hours whether to open Chandelles for its annual New Year's Eve celebration.


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