In 1999, Dominique Strauss
Kahn was knocked out of
the race for mayor of Paris by accusations of fraud
WSWS reports that France’s Minister of
Finance Strauss-Kahn resigns.
Minister of Finance Strauss-Kahn resigns
By Peter Schwarz
5 November 1999
The resignation of French Minister of
Finance Dominique Strauss-Kahn plunged the Socialist Party-led government
into the deepest crisis of its two-and-a-half-year existence.
Strauss-Kahn resigned his office in Prime Minister Lionel Jospin’s
government on November 2, once it was clear he faced
a formal investigation. He is suspected of receiving a fee of
603,000 francs (US$97,000) from France’s largest
student insurance company, MNEF, for work he did not carry out.
These accusations are not new, but Strauss-Kahn
has always maintained his innocence.
Last week it was revealed that documents
purporting to confirm this account had been falsified. Analysis in a police laboratory showed that the paper and typefaces used did not exist at the time when the documents
were alleged to have been produced. They must have been created subsequently and given an earlier date.
The Independent reports that M
Strauss-Kahn was not only
tipped as a possible successor
resignation tarnishes `clean’ Jospin
By CHARLES BREMNER
Wednesday November 03 1999
… M Strauss-Kahn was not only tipped as a
possible successor to Jospin, but he was also the favoured candidate in the Socialist campaign to unseat
Jean Tiberi, the Gaullist Mayor of Paris.
reports that DSK might
have made a convincing, reassuring prime minister.
adieu to Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Nov 4th 1999 | from the print edition
… Certainly, DSK might well have
stood for mayor of Paris in 2001, perhaps
prising the capital from right-wing control; and in 2002, when Mr Jospin
seems set to stand against Mr Chirac for the
presidency, DSK might have made a convincing, reassuring prime
charges of corruption were baseless
The New York Times reports that Strauss-Kahn
Sees Victory in Elf Case.
Strauss-Kahn Sees Victory in Elf Case
By Steven Levingston
Published: June 30, 2001
PARIS — Prospects may be
improving for the political
rehabilitation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former French finance minister who resigned in 1999 under a cloud of corruption.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a rising star in the Socialist Party until scandal sidelined him, learned Thursday that a French prosecutor had dropped efforts to try him for allegedly
granting a tax break to the fashion designer Karl
former finance minister now
expects to be cleared soon of any role in a broad scandal involving Elf Aquitaine, the former French state oil company that
is now part of
of the suspicions of corruption are falling," said
a source close to Mr. Strauss-Kahn.
was accused from the beginning of having been paid for work that I did
not do," he told
RTL. "I was cleared
of that. The court said: No, no, the work was done. There was no problem, simply the contract
was not correctly dated."
In his defense, Mr.
Strauss-Kahn said that the work
under question was begun in 1994 but that the contract was not drawn up until 1995.
we wrote the date
1994," he said.
"I think this is something that I should not have done. But honestly, it
didn’t damage anyone because both parties were in agreement. I’m
hopeful that the court will consider that this was
not very serious."
28, 2011: DSK worried about becoming
the victim of another political set-up
SMH reports about DSK’s April 28 interview.
run turns into a perp walk
May 18, 2011
It’s April 28, an icy Thursday afternoon, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn is ensconced at a restaurant table with a
journalist from Liberation, the
legendary Parisian newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Sartre.
The lunch date, in an
eatery in the French capital’s second arrondissement, had been made in secret: the IMF chief and
presidential hopeful had been in town all week from Washington and the chat was to be held ”en toute confidentialite”.
Cordial and smiling, DSK as he is known in France,
nevertheless appeared cautious, suspicious even. As he extended his hand towards the journalist waiting for him, he asked
if he was carrying a mobile telephone.
Strauss-Kahn explained that he carries two: one for IMF business, encrypted
for security, and the other for personal business. The personal one, he said, had been left at reception as a precaution against the
”strong feeling” that he was under surveillance, fearful of dirty tricks by the French
Over the next couple of hours, the IMF chief – without confirming formally or on the record – made very clear to the left-leaning Liberation that he was
on the path to formally declaring his candidacy for the French presidency. An informal pact with the Socialist Party’s leader, Martine Aubry, would see her withdraw her own foray for the top
job and so would begin the long – ”too long” in his view – campaign to become President de la Republique Francais.
Then the bombshell, if only in hindsight.
Without prompting or questions from the reporter, DSK proceeded to outline the three obstacles he foresaw in his run for
France’s top job: ”Le
fric, les femmes et ma judeite.” (Money, women and my being a Jew.)
Strauss-Kahn, however, chose to begin his explanation with the woman problem: ”Yes, I love women … et alors?
[So what?] Over many years people speak of photos of
giant orgies … but
I have yet to see them emerge. So,
let’s see them. Bring it on!” he told Liberation.
Then he recalls a chance meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy, at a urinal during an international summit when
he asked his political rival to stop the forays into his personal life. Continuing the story, he veers into the
imaginary, portraying himself as a potential victim of a political
set-up saying: ”A
woman [who claims to be raped by him in a car park] and who has been promised
€500,000 or €1 million to invent such a story.”
Three weeks after his extraordinary chat
with a friendly French newspaper, the IMF chief is behind bars in New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison, and
due to appear in court again on Friday.
His lawyers say he has a cast iron alibi – lunch with his daughter, a
graduate student at Columbia University, in New York, on the very day of the
Daily Mail reports about France’s fury at ‘lynching’ of
Strauss-Kahn after rape
‘They want to make a Frenchman pay’:
France’s fury at ‘lynching’ of Strauss-Kahn after rape
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:19 PM on 17th May 2011
Arrested on Saturday and charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid at a
luxury New York hotel, police made the
62-year-old walk in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse, and his appearance before a judge was
Former Culture Minister Jack Lang described the
treatment of the Socialist presidential frontrunner, whose political career is now in tatters, as a ‘lynching’ that had ‘provoked horror and aroused
‘Public lynching’: Dominique Strauss-Kahn
has been unfairly treated according to some of his countrymen
The U.S. justice system, he
said, was ‘politicised’
and the judge appeared to have been determined to ‘make a Frenchman
pay’ by denying the head of the International Monetary Fund bail even though his lawyer had offered to post a $1 million bond.
Former Justice Minister Elisabeth Guigou, who
drafted that law, called the pre-trial publicity ‘absolutely
‘The power of these images of a
Dominique Strauss-Kahn who hasn’t been allowed to shave, tired, and not
dressed properly, all that offends human dignity,’ she told Europe 1 radio.
Another respected former justice minister, Robert Badinter,
said the IMF chief had been subjected to
‘DEATH BY MEDIA.’
‘Never forget it’s not just judges
that are elected (in New York), but prosecutors. And the chief of police is elected. And
clearly, in public opinion, to exhibit a powerful
rich man in the presence of a victim from a very poor background, electorally,
it pays off.’
Globalpost reports that
takes presumed innocence seriously.
takes presumed innocence seriously, especially for someone of the IMF
May 17, 2011 11:47
PARIS, France — As the French watched the man they
thought would be their next president hauled
off to Rikers Island past frenzied camera crews, shame turned to anger at
America’s approach to justice.
“I found that image to be of unimaginable
brutality, violence and cruelty,”
Elisabeth Guigou, a former justice minister, told
reporters. She reflected a broad national mood.
Many accept that Dominique Strauss-Kahn might
be guilty of sex crimes. But France, which outlived the guillotine and the Napoleonic Code, takes presumed innocence seriously.
“This scene is commonplace in America,” reporter Gilles Bouleau told viewers, with
thinly disguised scorn. “When you enter this infernal
machine, you emerge in a piteous state even if you are completely
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That brought a flurry of indignant comments on TF1’s website. “The images are shocking,” one
said. “In France, an American would never
have had such a fate.”
Jeffrey Fagan, a Columbia University law professor who lectures occasionally
in France, said that showing defendants in a bad light is a
“Cuffing DSK and perp-walking
him is more evidence against him,” he
said. “It is typically American. Prosecutors
visually convict people, shifting presumption of innocence to guilt. One loses one’s dignity upon arrest. In France, dignity remains at
The idea of equality before the law in America is an
“aspiration,” he said, ESSENTIALLY A MYTH. Strauss-Kahn is French, rich and white, accused of raping a black woman
in a city that is 50 percent minority.
“This is a trophy for the
prosecutors,” Fagan concluded. “It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”
Americans with long experience in France see a clear difference in police
During demonstrations, one soon learns to avoid the CRS, armed riot troops
who can resemble Doberman pinschers in a bad mood. They sometimes herd people
into vans. But police follow strict procedure to protect detained criminal
suspects from cameras or public display. It’s
even illegal to show a photo of a suspect in handcuffs until he’s
Reaction to court procedure grew bitterer still as the
French watched online and on television what many considered to be a
rush to judgment in American media. When
the story first broke, the New York Daily News splashed
Strauss-Kahn’s photo across its front page with a banner: “Le
NBC’s Jeff Rossen was careful to add the
qualifier "alleged" before each charge, and the network aired
Christopher Dickey, Newsweek’s man in Paris, to add context.
But Rossen said evidence included DNA sampling although nothing had yet been
determined by tests. More evidence, he said,
was that Strauss-Kahn had left behind one of his mobile phones. Like many reporters, he suggested that Strauss-Kahn bolted from the hotel
to Kennedy Airport and bought a ticket to Paris one step ahead of the law. Denying bail, Judge Melissa Jackson appeared to have the same
In fact, as Dickey noted, Strauss-Kahn had booked
the flight earlier for a scheduled meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and then a European Union conference in
News coverage stressed colorful details,
such as the $3,000 hotel suite and first-class travel. Whether this is extravagant for the
International Monetary Fund director who oversees a trillion dollars is an
intriguing question. But it is extraneous. On Monday, an
IMF spokesman said Strauss-Kahn paid $525 for the room and had been
upgraded to first class.
To many French, American reporters made too much of
Strauss-Kahn’s reputation. Clearly, he pursues women. But, as Dickey noted on NBC, he
is known as a seducer not a rapist.
One seasoned French journalist who trains young reporters in ethics described
herself as stunned
at how much Strauss-Kahn has been smeared before trial.
“If he is found guilty he must face whatever American justice
prescribes,” she said, asking not to be named. “But when we see him being treated like a dog, we don’t like it.”
Telegraph reports that DSK’s ex-wife says New York sex attack ‘unthinkable’.
Strauss-Kahn: second wife says New York sex attack ‘unthinkable’
By Henry Samuel, Paris 3:52PM BST 17 May 2011
As graphic details of his alleged attack on the 32-year old Sofitel hotel
maid emerged, Brigitte Guillemette,
whom he married in 1984, leapt to her ex-husband’s defence.
"The facts related by the American
police are not compatible with the man I know and with whom I lived for more
than ten years," she said.
Camille, the pair’s daughter – one of Mr Strauss-Khan four children
– is a PhD student at Columbia University and met her father for lunch in a New York restaurant "minutes after his
Mrs Guillemette said that
she did not deny her husband was a charmer. "But that doesn’t mean to say
he could have done what he is accused of doing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen
him lock a door. He’s someone who is gentle.
Violence is not part of his temperament. He has many faults, but not that one." Referring to the lunch he
had with Camille, she said: "Can you imagine
that a father could do what they accuse him of and then go for lunch with his
daughter a few minutes later?” [No, especially
not in this situation
"It makes no sense. IT'S UNTHINKABLE AND
IMPOSSIBLE," she added.
Regarding suggestions that her ex-husband was framed, Miss Guillemette declined to comment.
But she told Le Parisien newspaper: "Since his arrest, I note that the police have changed their
version (of events) They first set the facts at around 1pm. Then they learned that wasn't possible as at that time Dominique was lunching with his daughter, so they situated the time at midday." She was also questioned about the intention of a 32-year old French
author to press charges against Mr Strauss-Kahn for
sexual assault and attempted rape over an alleged incident in 2002. Tristane Banon is Miss Guillemette's
god-daughter and was long her daughter's best friend.
"I ask the question: why is a young woman
deciding to file a complaint several years after the event, the day when a
25-year prison sentence is hanging over the man she accuses?," asked Miss Guillemette.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest
tweeted BEFORE IT HAD EVEN HAPPENED
was it a stitch-up?
Strauss-Kahn: Was it a stitch-up?
Conspiracy theories that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a
politically-motivated set-up gained ground after it emerged that the first person to break the news of his arrest was an activist in
Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party.
By Our Foreign Staff 11:57AM BST 16 May
Jonathan Pinet, a political
science student, tweeted the news of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest BEFORE IT HAD EVEN HAPPENED, according to Le Post, a French
Meanwhile the first person to re-tweet Mr Pinet was Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor who had been previously involved in publicising the details of Mr
Strauss-Kahn’s luxurious lifestyle.
The first website to break the news, meanwhile, was the French right-wing news blog,
Some have suggested Mr Strauss-Kahn could also have been stitched up by his rivals inside the
International Monetary Fund, as well as by rivals within the French political
Mr Pinet immediately
denied that he was part of a right-wing plot against Mr
Strauss-Kahn, merely saying that he
was told the news by a friend of his working at the Sofitel hotel.
Nevertheless, Mr Strauss-Kahn’s supporters
seized on the news. “I am convinced
it is an international conspiracy," said
Michelle Sabban, a senior councillor
for the greater Paris region and a Strauss-Kahn loyalist.
"It's the IMF they wanted to
decapitate, not so much the Socialist primary candidate," she said. "It's not like him. Everyone
knows that his weakness is seduction, women. That's how they got
And some of Mr Strauss-Kahn’s rivals also
found it hard to believe the news.
“It is totally hallucinatory. If it is true, this would be a historic moment, but in the negative
sense, for French political life," said
Dominique Paille, a political rival to Strauss-Kahn
on the center right, on BFM television. Still, he urged, "I hope that everyone respects the presumption of innocence. I
cannot manage to believe this affair."
"We cannot rule out the thought of a
trap," Henri de Raincourt,
minister for overseas co-operation in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government,
said in a broadcast interview.
"I refuse to have a personal opinion and say, 'Yes
it was a trap,' or 'No, it wasn't a trap.' I don't
know," he said.
"I note that this has happened just
after the affair of the car and the suit in a short space of time," he added, referring to sniping at the socialist presidential hopeful for
using a Porsche and wearing tailor-made clothes.
"I am not ruling anything out," Raincourt added. "If this turns out to have been a trap, let me tell you that it would not be to the credit of those who set
Francois Hollande, the former Socialist party
chief, said: "To commit an act of such
seriousness, this does not resemble the man I know."
Majority of French people believe DSK was set up
was set up, French say.
was set up, French say
Latest update: 18/05/2011
By Joseph BAMAT / Sébastian SEIBT
In the immediate aftermath of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s dramatic
arrest, the majority of French people were
inclined to believe that the managing director of the International Monetary
Fund was the victim of a conspiracy, an
opinion poll revealed on Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by French polling agency CSA
after New York City police charged Strauss-Kahn with sexually assaulting and
attempting to rape a hotel maid in a luxury hotel, found that 57 percent of people interviewed thought he was set up. Just 32 percent of people thought he was not the victim of a plot and a
further 11 percent had no opinion.
My reaction: Whether
or not the charges prove to be
true (and I am extremely skeptical), the treatment of the man believed
to be the next president of France is
a sick jock. Those responcible for DSK
“perp walk” deserve to join
him on Rikers Island.
1) This looks like the second time Dominique
Strauss Kahn is going to become the victim of political hit job.
2) US coverage of the affair
has been insanely dishonest and factually
3) The maid is lying about not knowing
Dominique Strauss Kahn before entering
his room. She knew his face and the fact that he
was a French VIP (see below).
4) It is absolutely
Dominique Strauss Kahn was denied
bail. Keeping him isolated from the world in solitary confinement prevents him from giving
his side of the story.
MAID IS LYING: One example (out of dozens) of police/media dishonesty
New York Daily News reports that
chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn identified
in police line-up by maid accusing
him of sexual assault.
chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn identified in police line-up by maid accusing
him of sexual assault
BY Alison Gendar, Simone Weichselbaum, Rocco Parascandola
and John Lauinger
Sunday, May 15th 2011, 7:30 PM
The Frenchman who heads the International
Monetary Fund was identified in a police lineup early Sunday night by the
Manhattan maid who claims he sexually assaulted her, cop sources said.
His 32-year-old victim,
described by a co-worker as a single mother of African descent, stared down the political star during a police lineup at the Manhattan
office of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit.
New York Post reports that the
maid had no idea who Strauss-Kahn was until a day
or two after she was attacked.
reveals to brother that IMF chief did 'something bad to me': report
The maid's lawyer said she feels
“alone in the world” and is
telling the truth.
Lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro said
MAID HAD NO IDEA WHO STRAUSS-KAHN WAS UNTIL A DAY OR TWO AFTER SHE WAS
Forbes reports that maid says SHE HAD NO IDEA THE
MAN WAS A FAMOUS FRENCH POLITICIAN.
head on suicide watch in New York City jail
By CHRIS HAWLEY , 05.18.11,
09:27 AM EDT
NEW YORK -- The maid came from one of the world's poorest countries to the
U.S., working to support the teen daughter she raised alone. The penthouse suite
at the Sofitel Hotel was just another room. She says SHE HAD NO IDEA THE MAN WAS A FAMOUS FRENCH POLITICIAN. She says he tried to rape her.
REALITY: MAID KNEW WHO HE WAS BEFORE EVER ENTERING HIS ROOM
Le Figaro reports about Sofitel
New York, a strange crime scene.
[TRANSLATED FROM FRENCH TO ENGLISH BY ME]
DSK : Sofitel New York, a strange crime scene
Par Renaud Girard
… Returning to our
rooms, we find the door closed with a
sign saying “cleaning in progress”.
The cleaning lady, of Asian
origin and wearing a uniform devoid of anything alluring, asks us whether she is bothering
us. “Not at all!”
We then, without any stress, begin a conversation with this young lady, who is responsible
for cleaning the 14 rooms
on her floor and has never had any
relationship with DSK’s alleged victim, her college
among hundreds. Speaking plain English, she doesn’t know the IMF or DSK; She only
speaks of the “VIP from
the same country as you.” So how did
she know that the person accused of rape was French? “Well, because HIS PHOTO WAS
PLACED IN THE STAFF’S CHANGING ROOMS BEFORE HIS ARRIVAL AT THE
HOTEL!” [in other words,
the fact that she can identify
him in a police line-up
MEANS NOTHING] In a systematic manner,
hotel’s managements drew
the staff’s attention in advance,
before the arrival of a
VIP, to clients deserving special
care. So when she
entered room 2806 at noon last Saturday, NAFISSATOU DIALLO KNEW,
JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THAT SHE WAS TAKING CARE OF AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
on the hostility and dishonesty
displayed by those trying to convict him (media,
police, the judge, the victim,
etc), I am highly skeptical of the rape charges.
If DSK is released from jail (given
bail), he will be able to defend himself against these rape charges and will likely end up the next president of France. So
keeping DSK looked up at Rikers Island is an attempt to rig the next French presidential elections.
Eric de Carbonnel