Tristane Banon

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Tristane Banon
Tristane Banon-avril2012.jpg
Born (1979-06-13) 13 June 1979 (age 38)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Occupation Journalist and writer
Language French
Notable awards I Forgot to Kill Her (J'ai oublié de la tuer) selected for Chambéry 2005 festival for first novels – "Festival du premier roman Chambéry". Retrieved 21 May 2011. 

Tristane Banon (born 13 June 1979) is a French journalist and writer. She is the daughter of Anne Mansouret and Gabriel Banon. She is a regular contributor on youth affairs at the French news website Atlantico.[1]


Tristane Banon was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, on 13 June 1979. She is the daughter of Anne Mansouret, Socialist vice-president of the general council of Eure, representing Évreux-Est, in Upper Normandy.[2] and French-Moroccan businessman Gabriel Banon who served as industrial policy advisor to French President Georges Pompidou and as economic advisor to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.[3][4] She is of Moroccan Jewish descent on her father's side and Iranian and Belgian from her mother's side.

She is a god-daughter of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's second wife Brigitte Guillemette.

Banon earned a diploma from the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris, and initially worked in casual jobs as a journalist, as an anchorwoman on a television show about new information and communication technologies, and as a sport journalist.[3][5] She was employed in the politics department, and later the cultural department, of the French weekly Paris-Match, then worked at the daily newspaper Le Figaro.[5][6]

Her first book, a long essay entitled Erreurs avouées… (au masculin) about the biggest mistakes in the lives of political figures, was published in November 2003 by Anne Carrière.[1][6] A short novel Noir délire, inspired by the tragic death of French actress Marie Trintignant, appeared the same year in the literary review Bordel.[1]

Her first novel J’ai oublié de la tuer ("I Forgot to Kill Her") was published in September 2004 by éditions Anne Carrière (édition Le Livre de poche n° 30743). The novel, described by Banon as part-autobiographical, tells the story of a young girl's ruined childhood, neglected by her mother and forced to fend for herself against an alcoholic and abusive nanny.[3]

Her second novel Trapéziste ("Trapezist") appeared in 2006, followed by Daddy Frénésie ("Daddy Frenzy") in 2008.[1]

Allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn[edit]

On 5 February 2007, during a television chat-show, Banon alleged that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had attempted to rape her in 2002 during the course of an interview while she was researching Erreurs avouées: "It ended really badly. We ended up fighting. It finished really violently … I said the word 'rape' to scare him but it didn't seem to scare him much… "[7][8] Strauss-Kahn's name was initially bleeped out when the television program was broadcast. The news website AgoraVox later repeated the allegations with his name included and Banon subsequently repeated them on a video recording.[9][10] Banon's mother, Socialist Party politician Anne Mansouret, said in an interview that she had persuaded her daughter not to file charges at the time of the alleged rape attempt.[3][9][11]

On 16 May 2011, it was reported Banon planned to file a legal complaint against Strauss-Kahn.[11] On 20 May, Banon's lawyer, David Koubbi, said that neither he nor Banon wanted to be used (instrumentalisé) by the American judicial system in the New York v. Strauss-Kahn case, later dismissed due to the unreliability in the statements of the main prosecution witness.[12][13] On 4 July, following Strauss-Kahn's release from house-arrest on his own recognizance in the New York case, David Koubbi said that Banon would file a complaint against Strauss-Kahn the following day.[14][15] Strauss-Kahn's lawyers responded by saying they would in turn file a complaint of false accusation (dénonciation calomnieuse) against Banon.[16]

The allegations were referred to, but without naming Banon explicitly, in Christophe Dubois' and Christophe Deloire's best-selling 2006 book Sexus Politicus about the private lives and sexual mores of leading French political figures.[6][17][18] They were also the subject of the concluding chapter of Michel Taubmann's authorised biography Le Roman vrai de Dominique Strauss-Kahn ("The True Story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn").[19] Banon contested the version of events described in the biography when it appeared in May 2011.[20]

In July 2011, the Paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation into Banon's complaint. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said he had instructed them to open a countercomplaint against Banon for slander.[21] In September Banon stated that if there is no criminal prosecution, she would bring a civil case against Strauss-Kahn.[22] According to a report in L'Express Strauss-Kahn admits to attempting to kiss Banon.[23] On 29 September Banon confronted Strauss-Kahn at a Paris police station at the request of French prosecutors investigating the alleged assault.[24][25] In October the French public prosecutors dropped the investigation. They stated that there was a lack of evidence regarding the allegation of attempted rape.[26] Although there was evidence of the less serious charge of "sexual assault", that charge could not be prosecuted because it was time-barred. According to transcripts of the police interrogation released by Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, Strauss-Kahn stated that, as Banon was leaving the apartment, he attempted to embrace her and to kiss her on the mouth; she pushed him away forcefully, saying something like "what are you doing" and left.[27]




  • J'ai oublié de la tuer [I Forgot To Kill Her], Paris, éditions Anne Carrière, 2004 – Prix du premier roman de Chambéry en 2005 – (ISBN 978-2843372841)
  • Trapéziste [Trapezist], Paris, éditions Anne Carrière, 2006 – (ISBN 978-2843374265)
  • Daddy Frénésie [Daddy Frenzy], Paris, éditions Plon, 21 août 2008 – (ISBN 978-2259207607)


  • Erreurs avouées… au masculin [Confessed errors...the masculine way], Paris, éditions Anne Carrière, 2003
  • Le bal des hypocrites, Vauvert, éditions Au Diable Vauvert, 2011


  1. ^ a b c d "Tristane Banon". Atlantico (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Anne Mansouret". Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Who is the French writer accusing Strauss-Kahn of sex crimes?". France 24. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Site du Strategic Partners Group, Limited
  5. ^ a b Lazard, Violette. "". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2011.  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b c Samuel, Henry (4 July 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn: profile of 'attempted rape victim' Tristane Banon". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  7. ^ Samuel, Henry (16 May 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'acted like chimpanzee on heat', woman claims". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Lichfield, John (17 May 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn: What's in a reputation?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Alberici, Emma (17 May 2011). "IMF chief a 'rutting chimp', says French writer". ABC News. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tristane Banon, DSK et AgoraVox : retour sur une omerta médiatique (avec vidéo exclusive)". 
  11. ^ a b Steven Erlanger (16 May 2011). "‘I Didn’t Wish to Be the Girl Who Had a Problem …’". New York Times. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Keaten, Jamey (20 May 2011). "French woman won't demand charges against IMF head". AP. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "T. Banon ne porte pas plainte pour l’instant" (in French). Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Samuel, Henry (4 July 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn facing second sex charge". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  15. ^ Claire Chartier and Delphine Saubaber (4 July 2011). "Tristane Banon: "Pourquoi je porte plainte contre DSK"". L'Express (in French). Reuters/Charles Platiau. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "DSK va porter plainte pour dénonciation calomnieuse". Le Point (in French). 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tristane Banon, dix ans entre scandale et silence". @rrêt sur images (in French). 19 May 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  18. ^ Stainville, Raphaël (24 May 2011). "DSK avait un besoin effréné et systématique de séduire". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  19. ^ Verhaeghe, Éric. "Le roman vrai de DSK qui tombe à pic" (in French). Atlantico. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  20. ^ De Charette, Laurence. "À Paris, Tristane Banon étudie encore sa stratégie". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  21. ^ De La Baume, Maïa (8 July 2011). "French Prosecutors Open Strauss-Kahn Inquiry". New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "French author Tristane Banon vows to sue Dominique Strauss-Kahn". 21 September 2011. 
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  24. ^ "Strauss-Kahn meets rape attempt accuser Tristane Banon face to face". 30 September 2011. 
  25. ^ Samuel, Henry (29 September 2011). "Dominique Strauss-Kahn v Tristane Banon: their version of events". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  26. ^ "French Strauss-Kahn sex assault probe dropped". Reuters. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  27. ^ afp (14 October 2011). "DSK: "Elle m'a repoussé, j'ai relâché mon étreinte"". Télévision Suisse Romande. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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