Some of you might have noticed news coverage about the European ‘Money Man’ (president of the International Monetary Fund) who was charged with attempted rape and sexual assault in New York a couple weeks back. Yes, he is French. Yes, he is well known around these parts (Although I had no idea who Dominique Strauss-Kahn was until this happened- Let’s just say I lack passion when it comes to politics- international or otherwise.) In any case, it’s a pretty huge deal here- every day or night time broadcast includes something about DSK ever since his arrest. (I’m actually kind of curious to know what kind of coverage it’s getting in the U.S.? Do people even care?)
Anyways, I was watching an abc news online broadcast and the journalists made a comment about DSK’s wife ‘standing by her man’ and how in France, DSK’s behavior isn’t as looked down upon as it is in theU.S.
I wouldn’t say that’s completely true. The French do not turn a blind eye on rape or sexual assault. However, a consenting affair is pretty much fair game in French politician-land. All the great presidents of France were pretty well known ‘skirt chasers’- had private affairs or public ones and nobody batted an eye lash. DSK is no exception- having had a public affair a few years back.
I find this fascinating to tell you the truth. In the U.S., an affair can break a political career. I mean, Clinton came close to being impeached for his ‘non’ relations with Monica. Why isn’t this the case in France? I know there’s a stereotype about the French. -Like when a marriage gets tough, the French get a lover. But this hasn’t been necessarily true in my experience ( I don’t mean me, but the French couples I’ve come into contact with) However, when it comes to people highlighted in the media- actors, singers, politicians, etc...the French seem to find adultery understandable. Any ideas on why this might be?
Have a great weekend everyone!