Keyword: Dominique Strauss-Kahn
During an appearance before New York's Supreme Court on Monday, former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of ‘not guilty' to charges that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Whatever the outcome of the case, for which Strauss-Kahn is next due in court on July 18th, it has already sparked a passionate national debate in France over what many see as a compliant culture towards the abusive behaviour of men in power. Here, Joseph Confavreux interviews one of France's leading specialists in moral and sexual harassment, the US-trained psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen (photo), who explains why she believes there will be "a before and an after DSK" effect on French public attitudes to a problem until now taboo.
The arrest last month in New York of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex assault charges overnight destroyed his expected candidature, and widely-forecast victory, in next year's French presidential elections. His communications team spent years crafting a presidential image and coercing journalists and publishers to obscure events and reports that might damage it, notably allegations that he sexually assaulted a young writer and journalist, Tristane Banon, in 2002. "I would prefer that you don't talk about it", Strauss-Kahn allegedly told the author of a biography (photo) published just ten days before his arrest. Karl Laske reports.
French Socialist Party leaders were informed about an alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon 22 year-old journalist Tristane Banon in 2002 but failed to take action, her mother (photo) has told Mediapart. Socialist Party heavyweight Strauss-Kahn was expected to run as the party's candidate in next year's French presidential elections, which opinion polls widely forecast he would win until his arrest May 14th in New York on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.
Riding high in opinion polls, IMF Managing Director and veteran French Socialist Party heavyweight Dominique Strauss-Kahn was until last weekend on course to sweep Nicolas Sarkozy out of office in next year's presidential elections. But the one event that his slick, high-flying communications team had not allowed for, and to which they admit having no answer to, was his arrest in New York on sex assault charges. Karl Laske reports on the grounded spin strategists from Euro RSCG.
The arrest and imprisonment in New York of FMI chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex assault charges sent shockwaves through French political and public opinion. There was outcry from many politicians over images showing the man many forecast would become the country's next socialist president in handcuffs and arraigned before a Manhattan judge. Controversial legal moves are now underway to try to ban any further broadcasting or publication of the pictures.