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French IMF candidate an 'insistent' womaniser - Independent Online Edition > Europe

The French media and political world has been thrown into ferment by an allegation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the European candidate to be the next head of the IMF, is an "insistent" womaniser.

The allegation was made in a blog written by the Brussels correspondent of the newspaper Libération, Jean Quatremer. He said there was a risk that the former French finance minister's behaviour towards women might cause a scandal at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington.

"The only real problem with Strauss-Kahn is his attitude to women." He is "too insistent," M. Quatremer wrote. "The IMF is an international institution with Anglo-Saxon morals. One inappropriate gesture, one unfortunate comment, and there will be a media hue and cry."

M. Quatremer's blog was immediately attacked on the website of the magazine Marianne as "crossing a yellow line". He was also criticised in a column in his own newspaper yesterday by the media commentator, Daniel Schneidermann.

How was it, he asked, that French journalists felt able to make such allegations on the internet but not in print? Under the French law on privacy, it is forbidden to discuss private lives, even those of public figures.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:24:05 AM EST
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all politicians (all French ones anyway, but it seems to be the same elsewhere) are 'insistent womanisers', and I have heard direct personal tales about Strauss-Kahn's behavior (from people that have been teaching at Sciences-Po where he also taught) that have always made me a bit unhappy about him.

But I cannot help wondering why such an accusation is aired, conveniently, against a leftwing figure. Why has Philippe de Villiers' well known womanizing, from a man that speaks all the time about family, familiy values and sacred Christian values, never ever been mentioned?

This stinks.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:32:14 AM EST
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Might have something to do with successful politicians, on the left or on the right, being social dominators [after Bob Altemeyer].

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:43:21 AM EST
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...and there is a funny proclivity for this type of person to favour the submissive role in s/m sex games.

kinda makes you wonder if they think everyone they try to boss around is going to enjoy it as much as they get a kick out of the role.

iow, they think they're doing us a favour...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 06:49:58 AM EST
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I hardly think Quatremer is running with some rightist plot here. More likely he's pissed off with DSK for going along with Tsarsky.

Next set of revelations? Jack Lang won't leave female cello players alone. Claude Allègre is too insistent with flies. Pascal Sevran... No, we know about Pascal Sevran.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 09:23:58 AM EST
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This is an international post, so I fail to see how DSK going there is a betrayal of the left. Just like when Lamy went to the WTO. This has been spun as a blow to the PS, but it's not.

But that shot at DSK stinks (and the fact that it's an "impartial" journalists makes it stink even more.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:44:55 AM EST
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He could always become a Republican. Then it would be OK.
by afox (afox at rockgardener dott com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 08:43:30 AM EST
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