« | »

IMF Arrest Rocks French Presidential Race

From a conveniently memory impaired Associated Press:

IMF chief’s arrest rocks French presidential race

By Angela Charlton, Associated Press Sun May 15, 2011

PARIS – Allegations of sexual assault in a New York hotel have torn France’s presidential race asunder and savaged the reputation of the suave and self-assured Dominique Strauss-Kahn, chief of the International Monetary Fund.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn has topped French opinion polls for months as the man most likely to become this nation’s next president, consistently outshining the little-loved conservative incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Yet on Sunday, Strauss-Kahn’s allies and rivals alike struggled with shock at news that he was hauled off an Air France flight minutes before takeoff, arrested and facing charges of attempted rape and a criminal sex act. An arraignment expected Sunday night was postponed until Monday.

In cafes and outdoor markets, French voters shared that disbelief.

For some, the arrest spells the end of the prominent Socialist’s presidential ambitions and even his political career. Others cautioned that it’s too early to judge a man who denies wrongdoing

How do you say ‘Bill Clinton’ in French? Still, given that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a socialist, we don’t anticipate that these allegations will be a serious threat to his candidacy.

After all, we here in the United States were more than willing to elect Bill Clinton – twice. (Despite the revelations of Gennifer Flowers in his first bid, and Paula Jones in his second.) And it didn’t hurt the country at all.

Still others sniffed a plot to blacken his name just as France’s presidential campaign heats up for the April 2012 first-round vote

Strauss-Kahn’s absence from the fray could leave more room for the resurgent far right, or hand a lift to Socialist rival Francois Hollande or even to Sarkozy himself.

Zut alors. We can’t have that. This must be a put up job. A ‘frame.’ It’s the ‘vast rightwing conspiracy’ all over again.

Socialist Party chief Martine Aubry — who harbors presidential ambitions of her own — said the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest hit her "like a thunderbolt. I am, like everyone, stupefied."

She called on the long-divided Socialist Party to "remain united and responsible" pending further developments

In other words, ‘Move On.’

A married father of four, Strauss-Kahn was briefly investigated in 2008 over whether he had an improper relationship with a subordinate female employee. The IMF board found his actions "reflected a serious error of judgment" but deemed the relationship consensual.

He is sounding more and more like Bill Clinton.

"(Seducing women) was Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Achilles heel. We knew he had a fragility in this sense," said Martinat.

But attempted rape charges are not the same as an extramarital fling and could do far more damage than anything he has faced before

Tell that to Juanita Broadderick.

Strauss-Kahn ally Jean-Marie Le Guen recently suggested the IMF chief was the subject of a smear campaign when pictures of Strauss-Kahn in a Porsche — deemed inappropriate for a Socialist candidate as France struggles with nearly 10 percent unemployment — circulated in the French media.

What kind of a car does Mr. Obama drive? Don’t we have nearly 10 percent unemployment?

"The facts as they were reported today have nothing to do with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn whom we know," he said Sunday on France’s BFM television. "Dominique Strauss-Kahn has never exhibited violence toward people close to him, to anyone."

Clearly this has become the focus-group tested response for any kind of malfeasance all around the world: ‘This is not the [name of the alleged perp] we know.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “IMF Arrest Rocks French Presidential Race”

  1. proreason says:

    Ruling class update:


    Obviously, the maid didn’t know who Mr Strauss Kahn is. Otherwise she would have enjoyed being attacked by him.

    Interesting side notes: he was staying in a 3k per night suite (that’s 1M per year for the math challenged), and buys his suits from the same ruling class tailor as Spike.

    Hey, why be a member of the Ruling Class if you don’t live the Vie Royale and bust the peasants from time to time?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Interesting their choice of photos at the NYP. Shaking W’s hand as if to say, “Look, see? He’s a filthy rapist and so is BushHitler”. Nothing new, of course but…I really want to ask them why they chose that photo over any others. But then, it’s a rhetorical world nowadays, isn’t it?

    • heykev says:

      Wonder how many other members of the Ruling Class have the same sweet deal he has?

      “has an arrangement with Air France that allows him to get on any flight and sit in first class.”

      I’d be happy with flying Business class…but then again I don’t get my suits where BHO does, and don’t get 3k/night suites when traveling as one night would be more then I’m spending on the entire trip.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Maybe ol’ Dominique can get Beelzebubba to be his barrister.
    That is if he can still argue before a court.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Bovine Scatology. He’ll never see a courtroom. Law and Justice is for us little people, not politicians and Important People.

  4. Right of the People says:

    “What kind of a car does Mr. Obama drive? ”

    He used to own a Chrysler 300 with a hemi, but that was before he ran for pres. He dumped it so he could say he didn’t even own a car and believed in public transportation. Of course he was a member of the Senate then and probably had a car and driver.

    Somehow I don’t this the ass clown is going to have any problems with this. If he ever comes to trial I’d be shocked.

  5. Papa Louie says:

    We’re talking about a French politician here. In France, this will give him street cred and help his election chances.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »