French morals, American justice
May. 19, 2011
Me too. The American system is infinitely more fair. In France, itís unimaginable that an immigrant hotel maid of no status could lodge an assault complaint against an ultra-alpha male and be taken seriously. Itís inconceivable that the French police would pull that man off a plane moments before it departed or pack him off to a dingy jail cell like a common criminal. Good for them. If DSK had made it out of the country, itís uncertain theyíd have been able to extradite him.
Of course, itís up to the American justice system to prove Mr. Strauss-Kahnís guilt or innocence, a job at which it is generally quite good. According to press reports, his lawyers wonít deny there was a sexual encounter in that $3,000 hotel room. Instead, theyíll argue that it was consensual.
Mr. Strauss-Kahnís sexual history was no secret among the French ruling class. But they didnít care, and the media studiously ignored it. It would have been considered in grotesque bad taste (and possibly illegal) to bring these matters up. Besides, a certain amount of libertinage has always been admired among the political class, as a sign of vigour.