Monthly Archives: May 2011

Le Monde Publishes a potpourri of French Reactions

Le Monde publishes its take on the DSK affair, including comments from both professional journalists and readers. It includes some quotes from the American press.

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Must We Choose between the Left & Feminism?

The silence of France’s feminist socialists on the potential guilt of DSK is striking. Gisèle Halimi, the highly respected feminist leftist lawyer, seems to be the first to point this out.  You wonder if Martine Aubry, Ségolène Royal, and Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Ça le fout en pétard

Les réactions passionnées d’Eric à Paris: DSK n’est pas juste un homme qui aime les femmes. Ce n’est pas du libertinage. C’est de la pathologie sexuelle grave. Il le savait, tout le monde le savait, il y avait eu déjà … Continue reading

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“Relativisation” a French word English not in English!

Michèle voit plus de nuances dans l’affaire DSK. Du gris plutôt que du noir et blanc que nous avons vu jusqu’ici. Elle nous écrit de Paris. *** D’abord, ce serait faux de considérer qu’il y a d’un côté la France, … Continue reading

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Hein, BHL ?

Je suis si déçue par l’opinion de BHL sur DSK! Elle contredit tout ce que j’avais cru comprendre de ses opinions sur la démocratie américaine et notre système juridique. (Son commentaire original se trouve dans son Bloc-Notes et est traduit … Continue reading

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These two observations by American journalists get what I’m talking about: Wall Street Journal: “The French are legendary for nonchalance toward the sexual appetites of their politicians, and they sniffed at Americans who disapproved of Bill Clinton when he lied … Continue reading

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Transparency versus Privacy ?

Two articles in English that show the differernces between the French and Americans are : (1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/18/dominique-strauss-kahn_n_863572.html  and   (2) http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/05/18/strauss_kahn_justice_like_for_any_other/

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DSK < Crystallisation culturelle

The DSK scandal seems to reflect/contain/epitomize the essence of the cultural differences between America (Anglos) and France (Latins? Europeans?): the distinction between seduction and rape, charm and violence, transparency and justice, freedom of the press and right to privacy and … Continue reading

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