That's French for "sexual earthquake". Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF chief and a leading probable French presidential candidate, was arrested yesterday for an alleged sexual assault of a maid in New York City. We now know that the 32-year-old maid is an African immigrant. He was also picked out of the lineup. Of course, French bookeristas weigh in:
The conservative blogger in France opines (original op-ed in French): "With less than a year before the presidential elections on the 6th of May, 2012, the man who was previously the 'future-Socialist candidate-already-announced-next President of the French Republic' by all the French elites, has fallen into a sordid affair with an alleged sexual assault that took place in a New York luxury hotel."
He discusses the ramifications of the news: "This case has the immediate effect of disrupting the entire French political spectrum. One doesn't see how Dominique Strauss-Kahn recovers from his arrest and his indictment for such a serious offense. His mandate at the IMF will suddenly die, like his French political ambitions. The Far Left, Left, Center, Right and Far Right, all political sides need to adapt their policies to the news."
More: "My first reaction when I learned of the news, was that DSK has yet ceded his favorite vice: lust. Of course there was the 2008 sex scandal, but also this business with a French writer that I discovered on a 'cousin' site. I then said that DSK could be trapped one way or another, but it was ridiculously tragic for a man of his stature and experience as IMF managing director to spend a few hours as a defendant in a Bronx prison. To be honest, I think my first reactions were inspired by the importance of this event on French politics and the global financial system. However, the right response should've been for all of us to first examine the alleged victim. If the facts are proven by the courts, the 32-year-old maid has lived through something horrible."
|The alleged crime site|
The French ambassador to UNESCO and moderate argues that folks shouldn't already sentence DSK (original op-ed in French): "The charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF Managing Director, are very serious. One understands the immense emotion that they raise. Precisely because these charges are serious, let's be prudent. Let the American justice system do its job. Respect the presumption of innocence in a case where we don't yet know the ins and outs. There will always be time later on to analyze the implications for the IMF and French political life."
Discuss "DSK: Seisme Sexuel!" post here.