Thursday 23 February 2017

DSK should have known sex is different in America

The Strauss-Kahn case reveals the cultural gulf separating both sides of the Atlantic, writes Aoife Drew

THE reaction in France following the conclusion of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn criminal case has been a mix of 'we told you so', a realisation of the cultural gulf in sexual mores between the two countries, and frustration at the American judicial system.

It's more than three months since Mr Strauss-Kahn was forced to do the 'perp walk', handcuffed and humbled in front of the global media. At that time, French broadsheet Le Monde wrote that "in the media and politically, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already been judged. And punished harshly, mercilessly".

Le Monde's analysis has now been confirmed: Mr Strauss-Kahn was tried by media before he even had a chance to prove his innocence in a courtroom, leaving his supporters and French people horrified. Now that he has been freed, these people are vindicated.

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