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That’s the title of a good piece on the Dissent web site by Frank Browning, an American who knows France. (h/t Art Goldhammer).
Antoinette Perrodet, a professor of law at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, talks about how DSK would be treated if he had been arrested in France.
The Economist has a nice piece reminding us of the very good work DSK did at the IMF, which makes this affair all the more tragic.
The NY Times web site had a forum yesterday, in case anyone missed it, on whether or not French women are more tolerant than Americans when it comes to male misbehavior (they’re not, though there are differences).
In this vein, the author Debra Olliver has an article in The Huffington Post rubbishing the cliché that the Americans and French are fundamentally different when it comes to tolerating marital infidelity.
UPDATE: Christopher Dickey, Newsweek’s Paris correspondent, is hot on the story in NYC. He reports that on Friday evening, “as soon as [DSK] got to his suite, 2806, he called back down to the front desk and asked the receptionist if she would like to join him for a drink”… Oy vey.
On Bloomberg (via YouTube), Alan Dershowitz says DSK’s defense faces an uphill battle, though he does have a chance of getting off the hook. Dersh is against perp walks. Good for him. He also says that when it comes to sex and the law “the French have something to learn from us”… Absolutely worth the listen.
2nd UPDATE: Today’s WaPo (May 21) has a good op-ed by Juliet A. Williams, on “why the Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger scandals don’t go together.”