Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn on Thursday had a face-to-face meeting with a French journalist who accuses him of trying to rape her.
The 62-year-old met with Tristane Banon at a Paris police station at her request.
Such meetings are sometimes used by investigators in France to decide whether to press ahead with a case.
Strauss-Kahn recently returned home after New York prosecutors dropped a similar case against him because of doubts about the credibility of his hotel maid accuser.
Banon alleges the former Socialist finance minister tried to rip off her clothes and force her to have sex when she interviewed him in a Paris apartment in 2003 when she was 23 years old.
Strauss Kahn’s lawyers question why she did not press charges at the time. Banon says her mother, a regional councillor for the Socialist Party, persuaded her to keep silent.