Washington DC -- Dominique Strauss-Khan returned to his Washington, DC home on Monday afternoon, after a brief visit to the International Monetary Fund.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn apologized to the institution's staff in his first return visit since charges of sexual assault against him were dropped and was greeted with warm applause.
Strauss-Kahn, who was with his wife French TV personality wife Anne Sinclair, met briefly with his successor and fellow French national Christine Lagarde.
He later addressed a packed auditorium of his former staff members.
As he drove out of the IMF's garage Strauss-Kahn waved to the dozen or so televisions crews and photographers who had camped outside all day.
The IMF said the visit by Strauss-Kahn was personal and arranged at his request.
His visit to the IMF had been greeted ahead of time with dismay by some IMF staff, while others said they felt sorry for him and wanted to pay tribute to his time at the global lender.
Strauss-Kahn led the IMF as managing director for four years and resigned on May 18 following his shock arrest in New York for criminal sexual assault and attempted rape involving a hotel maid.
In a dramatic development last week, prosecutors asked that the charges against him be dismissed after they lost faith in the credibility of his accuser, an immigrant from Guinea.
Strauss-Kahn had been expected to be voted France's next president in the 2012 election before his arrest.