Can't remember who pointed to this the other day: The French Disease:
The image of Dominique Strauss-Kahn – who was three days ago a leading Presidential contender in France – doing the perp walk in Manhattan is the sort of thing that would set on edge the teeth of almost any of his compatriots, and they are none too happy that he is being held without bail on Rikers island. No public figure in France has in recent times been subject to anything like this. Justice there is reserved for the little people.
[Former French Justice Minister] Élisabeth Guigou, said she found the photos of Mr. Strauss-Kahn in cuffs indicative of “a brutality, a violence, of an incredible cruelty, and I’m happy that we don’t have the same judiciary system.”
Max Gallo, a prominent historian and commentator, agreed that the two systems were different. “It’s the first time in the history of France that a top-level figure is treated like a common criminal whose guilt is already established,” he said. “But it also manifests an egalitarianism in the American justice system that surprises us in France.”
He said, “People are asking, ‘Was it really necessary to do that?’”
'That' is this clown being treated just like any other accused who presents a flight risk; not only are the French aristocracy upset all to hell that he's being charged at all, but for him not to be given the special treatment a fine, rich, disgusting little socialist deserves? Why, that's terrible. Let me explain this, Mr. Gallo: yes, it was. Oh, and he's not being treated like guilt is already established: as I pointed out above, he's being treated like an accused rapist who is considered a flight risk. Part of the reason for that is you clowns sheltering a child rapist named Polanski for years.
One of the things that pisses me off about this: in the article I linked to the other day it mentioned that this jerk is known as a great 'seducer':
Then there is the French gender double standard — and the cult of what the French call the seducteur, the charmer, the operator. "It's not just that the word of a woman doesn't necessarily have the same weight as that of a man in many situations," says Rokhaya Diallo, president of Les Indivisibles, an association that promotes diversity in France. "It's that there's still this enduring attitude that seduction, conquests, affairs and flings by men is somehow O.K., even sort of admirable, while women who complain of sexual aggression are either making it up, or just having buyer's regret.
Seduction involves words, maybe drinks, conversation, moves, seducing the target; this bastard is, from the MANY other accounts, a violent attacker, a rapist; not nearly the same thing. The guy blows his message with the next bit:
Clear sexual violence is taken seriously and punished, but this wider tolerance of male conquest turns the other aspects of aggression gray in the minds of many people. Flat effing bullshit: this guy wound up in chains at his arraignment BECAUSE his attacks were never punished; they were excused, glossed over.
There are two other parts of the French Disease story, 2 here, 3 here.
One of the things I wonder about: what was his wife getting to make her put up with this crap? Whether she just liked the perks, or she's another socialist more concerned with getting his sorry ass into the Presidency than she is about repeated sexual assaults, I don't know; I guess it's been worth it to her up till now. Wonder if it still is?