The Strauss-Kahn effect

Until last Friday, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York seemed a chance to break the code of silence that enveloped such cases in France.

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Diane Diallo is a chambermaid from Guinea and a former employee of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Paris. Last year, she claims, she was sexually assaulted in a hotel room by someone within the circle of the Qatari royal family.