Some say it’s shocking, some aren’t so surprised. Leading Socialist Party figure and head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been arrested in New York in connection with a sex attack against a hotel worker. A maid alleged that a naked Strauss-Kahn chased her down and sexually assaulted her. When police were called, he had already left the hotel room. He was later pulled off of a flight to Paris minutes before depature, and arrested.
The Washington Post spoke with other French politicians:
“‘The most likely outcome is that the case will stick, and even if he pleads not guilty — which he may be — he won’t be able to be a candidate for the Socialist Party presidential primary,’ Jacques Attali, a fellow Socialist leader, told French reporters. ‘And he won’t be able to stay on at the International Monetary Fund.’”
It’s shocking news for many, and a kick in the pants for France’s already-tarnished international image. Strauss-Kahn was seen as a leading contender for the 2012 federal elections in France–now it’s a whole new game.
Not everyone was so surprised. National Front leader Marine Le Pen already has her verdict ready. The Post reported that Le Pen:
“reminded reporters that Strauss-Kahn has long suffered from a reputation as a crude womanizer and said therefore that she was not surprised about the latest episode. She predicted that, now that the New York affair had exploded in public, more revelations would soon emerge.”
What do you think about the charges against DSK?