France, the U.S. and Strauss-Kahn

Media and political approach to Strauss-Kahn affair highlights profound France-US differences in justice, gender relations, transparency and money.

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"When President Bill Clinton became embroiled in a scandal in 1998 for trying to cover up the fact that he'd had sexual relations with a 22-year-old intern, France watched with a mixture of amazement, irony and - should we deny it? - a certain pleasure," writes Le Monde editorial director Sylvie Kaufmann in this opinion piece for The New York Times..