Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Women and Fidelity - The Case of Strauss-Kahn

Forlorn IMF Boss
The lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn will make another plea for bail tomorrow (Thursday, May 19th) morning. It is not looking good for this IMF Boss. He seems to be forlorn and for whatever reason is believed to be a suicidal threat and so is under constant watch.

The chambermaid on the other hand is terrified for herself and her 15-year old daughter after learning that the man she accused is a powerful international giant. She has not been able to return to her apartment because of all the people camped outside her Bronx sub-let apartment. Her lawyer, J..J. Shapiro has her in a "safe place" as he prepares her to testify against Strauss-Kahn.

In France the story seems to be more favored toward Mr. Strauss-Kahn with polls showing that he is a victim of conspiracy. In my earlier blog I ventured to point out the peculiar reason why I think this could be a possibility. However, it does not mean I condone this man's sick actions nor do I hold the French view that politicians are supposed to be sexier, more seductive and cultured than ordinary humans. I would, however, like to know the train of events that led to the very rapid action to get hold of Mr. Strauss-Kahn and having him pulled out of a taxing plane.

Apparently French women do not always stand in solidarity when such cases come up. There is an expectation that political leaders cannot keep all their "charisma" bottled up. Strauss-Kahn's wife, Ann Sinclair, is backing her husband as she has always done when he has been caught in infidelity situations. However, this time the case against him is much more serious than infidelity.

Clearly, Ms. Sinclair, has much to lose if her husband is found guilty. She is no fool. If they are able to steer the hands of justice in their favor, she has a good chance of being the First Lady of France once her husband wins the 2012 elections. She is not going to turn her back on her husband now - there is too much at stake and she is not planning on being on the losing end.

New York Times

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