NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors in New York City and Paris are teaming up to investigate crimes that span both cities.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Thursday that he and Parisian counterpart François Molins will exchange some assistant prosecutors. Vance spoke at a cybercrime symposium in New York.

Plans call for starting next year, with one prosecutor apiece. Each office will pay its own staffer’s salary.

Vance’s office and the City of London Police launched a similar partnership in 2014. Their collaborations include a cybertheft case involving thousands of prime sports, theater and concert tickets.

Vance drew attention in France in 2011, when his office brought and then dropped sexual assault charges against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

At the time, Strauss-Kahn was a potential French presidential candidate.

Strauss-Khan was charged with attempted rape and other crimes after hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo claimed Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when she arrived to clean his room at the Sofitel Hotel.

The charges were later dropped after prosecutors lost faith in Diallo‘s credibility. She then filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of assault. The two reached a settlement in the lawsuit last year.

(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


Leave a Reply