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DSK: Bad for the Jews

Alleged sexual predator may have empowered France’s National Front

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DSK yesterday outside a New York police station; he remains in custody.(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

If every shanda were worthy of our digital pages, we would have room for little else; and besides, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and (until this weekend) the leading candidate for next year’s French presidential elections, is being seen worldwide as an embarrassment to France, not to the Jews, for his alleged sexual attack on a maid at his midtown Manhattan hotel over the weekend. (The accuser has picked him out of a line-up, although Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer claims his client has an alibi, and there is also a chance DSK, as he is known, is protected by diplomatic immunity, although it seems quite faint. There are also whisperings this could have been some sort of honeypot trap set by DSK’s political enemies.) DSK is, of course, odious: He has a history of extramarital dalliances (though not necessarily of rape, which, as Adam Gopnik notes, is still utterly unacceptable even in France’s relatively libertine sexual culture) and seems to have been living an awfully nice lifestyle for a government bureaucrat. Oh, and he, a man in a position of great power, allegedly attempted to force himself on a lower-middle class African immigrant worker, so he can kinda, y’know, go do it to himself. But the IMF duly replaced him with a guy named Lipsky, so, beyond the fact that now the next French president is likely not to be a Jew, why should the Jews care especially?

Here’s why. DSK was the leading candidate of the leading party, the Socialists. The frontrunner is now François Hollande, but he is not quite the candidate DSK was, and besides, this scandal could tarnish the Socialists generally. And if they hemorrhage voters, some may go to the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy’s right-wing party, but some more may find themselves drifting to the far-right National Front, which also aligns itself as the party of the working class (complete with a May Day parade and everything). The FN is led by Marine Le Pen, daughter of the notorious anti-Semite Jean-Marie Le Pen, and she has refashioned her party to make it more acceptable to the mainstream.

She is the weekend’s big winner: The weakening of the Socialists makes it more likely that her party will advance to the second round of France’s presidential elections next year, in which she would be pitted against only one other party. And while she has formally repudiated her father’s and her party’s past of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, she is not someone whom Jewish folks should be all too excited about. It will be bitterly ironic if she ends up gaining greater legitimacy and power due to the personal misconduct of someone who happens to be Jewish.

I.M.F. Chief, Apprehended at Airport, Is Accused of Sexual Attack [NYT]
Earlier: Is Marine a Different Animal?

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Susan Dykhuis says:

- IMHO –speaking as a Canadian Jewish woman– this case is not a Jewish issue. It is an issue of a male sexual deviant.
- If proven beyond reasonable doubt that I.M.F. Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a sexual offender of the first degree, it renders judgment man is a sexual offender.
- Male sexual deviancy has nothing to do with being Jewish or with being I.M.F. chief. It has everything to do with a sexually deviant male. Sexual deviants come from every culture, religion (including atheists/agnostics) and country.
- Certainly anti-Semites world-wide are overjoyed with this on two fronts: (1)IMF Chief: Money and Jews (2)the anti-Semitic view that Jewish males have a never-ending lust for non-Jewish women. It is akin to Blood Libel.

shavit says:

“Certainly anti-Semites world-wide are overjoyed with this on two fronts: (1)IMF Chief: Money and Jews (2)the anti-Semitic view that Jewish males have a never-ending lust for non-Jewish women. It is akin to Blood Libel.”

but that’s why its a “jewish issue” … which is also why this post starts out with the word shanda

David Tauch from frankfurt germany says:

Life is simple: observe torah.

benj says:

Marc Tracy apparently is unaware that many many French Jews are voting for Marine Le Pen who, contrary to her father, does not use anti-Jewish rethorics and is seen as anti-Muslim.

Most French Jews would have splitted between Sarkozy and Strauss-Kahn (can’t say who would have won the jewish votes between them, last time Sarkozy got 80-90%). No idea what will happen now.

Dan Silagi says:

The case against Strass-Kahn is unraveling faster than the vaunted French army did in May, 1940.

Let’s start with the timeline, which supersedes all DNA evidence (you can plant that, but not a timeline):

Sunday’s papers reported that the alleged rape took place shortly after 1 PM that day. However, the hotel security camera shows that Strauss-Kahn left the building at 12:27, and dined at a nearby restaurant with his daughter, starting at 12:45 PM. He probably finished his lunch about 2 PM, then headed for the airport. Given typical Sunday traffic, let’s say it took an hour to reach JFK. He was caught at 3:48 PM, two minutes before departure time. So he didn’t have any time to return to the hotel after lunch, rape the maid, and then continue on his merry way.

About the “missing” cell phone: Early reports had it located in the room. Sure, if Strauss-Kahn left the cell phone behind, it was clearly a sign he panicked and was making a quick getaway. But he didn’t lose the phone, he just misplaced it. Losing a cell phone is a big deal, especially for a macher like DSK, the phone numbers in memory and on the SIM card would make for interesting reading indeed. So it would be natural for him to call the hotel, among other places, to see if they had found it.

But if you’d just committed a serious felony, if DSK were any kind of decent criminal, you’d wait until you were safely on the ground in La Belle France, with no extradition treaty, before making the call. And you certainly wouldn’t tell the desk clerk you were at JFK waiting to board Air France Flight 25 for Charles de Gaulle. The fact DSK did so speaks highly of his self-perceived innocence, not evidence of flight. Either that or he’s way too stupid to head the IMF, and even too stupid to run France, which has generally been ruled by men with double-digit IQ’s at best since the days of Louis the Fat.

Bottom line: This is the Dreyfuss Affair, 2011-style.

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