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Dominique Strauss-Kahn failed to persuade French judges to dismiss pimping charges against him Wednesday, meaning the embarrassing case involving orgies among the country’s elite will continue. The disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund is accused of participating in a hotel prostitution ring in the northern French city of Lille. The case against Strauss-Kahn, 63, hinges on whether he knew the women he was cavorting with were prostitutes. His lawyers have said Strauss-Kahn attended “libertine” gatherings but didn’t know that some women were not merely there for kicks. Two men associated with Strauss-Kahn and accused of organizing the orgies are already behind bars. In France, it is not against the law to pay for sex, but it is illegal to solicit or run a prostitution business. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers pledged to appeal the decision and questioned the legal definition of “pimping.” [NYDN]