The French Socialist and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has said his political career is now over.

"Politics for me is in the past," he told Russian state TV, adding he was working as an economic advisor for big firms, including two based in Russia

Mr Strauss-Kahn was last week ordered to stand trial in France on charges of pimping in the city of Lille.

In 2011 he quit the IMF after claims of a sex attack on a New York hotel maid.