For a 'Champagne Socialist' It's All about Life's Luxuries

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Byline: Elaine Loughlin

DETAILS of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lavish lifestyle as IMF boss have started to emerge.

The 'champagne socialist' receives a $420,930 ([euro]295,679) salary along with a $75,350 ([euro]52,929) bonus each year.

However, Strauss Kahn, 62, - who is facing rape charges - claims he used his own money to pay for the $3,000-a-night New York hotel suite, where the alleged assault took place.

A life of luxury must run through the veins of the IMF. When the IMF team - which did not include Strauss-Kahn - was in Ireland last year, they booked 16 rooms for three weeks in Dublin's exclusive five-star Merrion Hotel.

Ajai Chopra and his team wined and dined in some of the city's most expensive restaurants, including Shanahan's on the Green, as they negotiated the Irish bailout.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the plush 30-storey Sofitel Hotel off Times Square - where Strauss-Kahn is said to have emerged naked from his bathroom before making advances at a chambermaid - is a favourite destination for the world's super rich.

Every luxury is provided for guests - marble baths, [euro]1,400 mattresses, L'Occitaine and Hermes toiletries and Bose wave radios playing classical music to help guests sleep. …