Strauss-Kahn in preliminary civil case deal with maid

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Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn arrives at a polling station in the second round of the 2012 French presidential elections in SarcellesNEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary agreement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year to settle a civil lawsuit she brought against him, sources familiar with the case said. While a source in New York cautioned that the agreement could still fall apart, influential French daily Le Monde reported, citing people close to Strauss-Kahn, that the parties had agreed on a payment of $6 million to settle the case – an element dismissed by Strauss-Kahn's lawyers as "fanciful". …