(Kiosk Photo: The Cafe de Flore and Miss Dior, Natalie Portman, at Saint Germain des Pres in Paris, France, by SC.)
Le Kiosque 25 May 2013
This week, France came close to a scandal… another time! It involved Christine Lagarde, who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. (The former MD was a certain Dominique Strauss-Kahn. who was obliged to resign.) Lagarde was previously the minister of the economy when Nicolas Sarkozy was president. She was suspected of putting the State at a disadvantage when she decided to resolve a seemingly interminable and costly lawsuit by French businessman Bernard Tapie through arbitration in 2008. He walked away with something like 400 million euros.
This shadow has been hanging over the silver-haired Lagarde for years. No one has ever suggested she profited from the decision. The suspicion is that Sarkozy won political capital. Finally, this week Lagarde had her day explaining it all to the court. The magistrate deemed her a material witness, brought no charges, and sent her back to her throne at the IMF in Washington.
Even though Lagarde’s name is sometimes floated as a presidential candidate in 2017, her likely opponent, current President François Hollande, was no doubt relieved by the court’s decision. The Prestige of France was at stake after the shameful departure of Dominique Strauss-Kahn two years ago. That is why Hollande did nothing to make things worse for the MD of the IMF, even if he was tempted.
— Solène Cressant

(Kiosk Photo: The Cafe de Flore and Miss Dior, Natalie Portman, at Saint Germain des Pres in Paris, France, by SC.)

Le Kiosque 25 May 2013

This week, France came close to a scandal… another time! It involved Christine Lagarde, who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. (The former MD was a certain Dominique Strauss-Kahn. who was obliged to resign.) Lagarde was previously the minister of the economy when Nicolas Sarkozy was president. She was suspected of putting the State at a disadvantage when she decided to resolve a seemingly interminable and costly lawsuit by French businessman Bernard Tapie through arbitration in 2008. He walked away with something like 400 million euros.

This shadow has been hanging over the silver-haired Lagarde for years. No one has ever suggested she profited from the decision. The suspicion is that Sarkozy won political capital. Finally, this week Lagarde had her day explaining it all to the court. The magistrate deemed her a material witness, brought no charges, and sent her back to her throne at the IMF in Washington.

Even though Lagarde’s name is sometimes floated as a presidential candidate in 2017, her likely opponent, current President François Hollande, was no doubt relieved by the court’s decision. The Prestige of France was at stake after the shameful departure of Dominique Strauss-Kahn two years ago. That is why Hollande did nothing to make things worse for the MD of the IMF, even if he was tempted.

— Solène Cressant

It occurred to us that not everybody would understand our reference last week to DSK’s Pepe Le Pew defense in the French criminal case and the American civil case against him. So here, thanks to YouTube, is “Scent-imental,” one of the classic skunk works from Warner Brothers.

And this is the reference in our story last week, when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was interrogated by police in Lille about his alleged connections to a prostitution ring:

… We don’t know exactly what he’ll say in his defense, but judging from his lawyer’s remarks in recent days, we have a suggestion: “Messieurs,” he might begin, “I am, indeed, Pepé Le Pew.”

“Just as that suave, debonair, and wonderfully charming skunk pursued a cat that he mistook for one of his kind, understanding her efforts to escape as coy flirtation, so, too, have I made mistakes now and then,” DSK could explain to the police, as indeed he has explained, in somewhat conspiratorial terms,through a semiofficial biographer. “Did I think that maid at the Sofitel was unwilling? So many women play that game with me. Did I know the women at the parties and orgies I attended in France and Washington and New York were prostitutes? Of course not. Why on earth would I ask? How could I even suspect?”

Maybe you think this isn’t funny, and I admit it isn’t, very. But apart from the name of the skunk, this really is the general line taken by Strauss-Kahn’s defenders….

The French just can’t get enough of DSK’s scandals and the conspiracy theories floated by his defenders. Here are two of our recent articles on the subject:

Why Dominique Strauss-Kahn Needs to Tell His Side of the Story
As a new report feeds into rumors that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up, Christopher Dickey debunks the conspiracy theories—and says it’s time for DSK to tell his side of the story.


New DSK Book Tells of His Side of Diallo Affair, Prostitution Ring
In a new book that hit French shelves yesterday, the sex scandals and conspiracy theories behind the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn are dissected. Tracy McNicoll on the book’s most explosive charges.

And here’s a question: Are you still interested in this sordid tale?

The French just can’t get enough of DSK’s scandals and the conspiracy theories floated by his defenders. Here are two of our recent articles on the subject:

Why Dominique Strauss-Kahn Needs to Tell His Side of the Story

As a new report feeds into rumors that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up, Christopher Dickey debunks the conspiracy theories—and says it’s time for DSK to tell his side of the story.

New DSK Book Tells of His Side of Diallo Affair, Prostitution Ring

In a new book that hit French shelves yesterday, the sex scandals and conspiracy theories behind the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn are dissected. Tracy McNicoll on the book’s most explosive charges.

And here’s a question: Are you still interested in this sordid tale?

Our latest:
The Daily Beast: Why Dominique Strauss-Kahn Needs to Tell His Side of the Story, 28 November 2011
As a new report feeds into rumors that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up, Christopher Dickey debunks the conspiracy theories—and says it’s time for DSK to tell his side of the story.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/28/why-dominique-strauss-kahn-needs-to-tell-his-side-of-the-story.html


Meanwhile, the cartoon above is all over the Twittersphere. Does anybody know where it comes from originally?

Our latest:

The Daily Beast: Why Dominique Strauss-Kahn Needs to Tell His Side of the Story, 28 November 2011

As a new report feeds into rumors that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up, Christopher Dickey debunks the conspiracy theories—and says it’s time for DSK to tell his side of the story.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/28/why-dominique-strauss-kahn-needs-to-tell-his-side-of-the-story.html

Meanwhile, the cartoon above is all over the Twittersphere. Does anybody know where it comes from originally?

DSK: What a difference a year makes. Our Newsweek International cover story on Dominique Strauss-Kahn on the stands in November 2010 painted him as the next leader of France, and perhaps the world. Such was the conventional wisdom and the reading of the polls at the time. But the scandals that began to break around him and his womanizing last May, and continue breaking to this day, have made all that seem like ancient history. On the right is the cover of today’s Le Parisien.

 Autumn leaves near Les Invalides … and … It’s a Girl! … Stories from Paris the last ten days or so.

A Sarkozy Is Born
by Tracy McNicoll October 19, 2011 09:44 PM EDT
He’s the first French president to become a father in office. Will the new “fille” boost his popularity?


Hooker-Ring Probe Embroils DSK
by Tracy McNicoll October 17, 2011 08:37 PM EDT
As soon as DSK beat attempted-rape charges in the U.S. and France, orgy allegations surface against former IMF head.


Can Sarkozy Survive?
by Tracy McNicoll October 17, 2011 04:13 PM EDT
With François Hollande as the Socialist Party’s nominee for president, the next French election will be suspenseful.


Victory for DSK or His Accuser?
by Tracy McNicoll October 14, 2011 03:02 PM EDT
Lawyers on both sides struggle to spin French prosecutors’ decision to drop charges yet imply wrongdoing.


France’s Socialist Comeback?
by Tracy McNicoll October 10, 2011 12:14 PM EDT
For years, the French left has been weak and disorganized. But Sunday’s vote shows the party has a chance at beating Sarkozy.

 Autumn leaves near Les Invalides … and … It’s a Girl! … Stories from Paris the last ten days or so.

  1. A Sarkozy Is Born

     October 19, 2011 09:44 PM EDT

    He’s the first French president to become a father in office. Will the new “fille” boost his popularity?

  2. Hooker-Ring Probe Embroils DSK

     October 17, 2011 08:37 PM EDT

    As soon as DSK beat attempted-rape charges in the U.S. and France, orgy allegations surface against former IMF head.

  3. Can Sarkozy Survive?

     October 17, 2011 04:13 PM EDT

    With François Hollande as the Socialist Party’s nominee for president, the next French election will be suspenseful.

  4. Victory for DSK or His Accuser?

     October 14, 2011 03:02 PM EDT

    Lawyers on both sides struggle to spin French prosecutors’ decision to drop charges yet imply wrongdoing.

  5. France’s Socialist Comeback?

     October 10, 2011 12:14 PM EDT

    For years, the French left has been weak and disorganized. But Sunday’s vote shows the party has a chance at beating Sarkozy.

Prostitute Says DSK Threw Orgy
After beating two allegations of rape, Dominique  Strauss-Kahn now finds himself in a new sex scandal: A prostitute  testifying at in inquiry in France has said that Jean-Christophe  Lagarde, a chief with France’s national police, and Strauss-Kahn  organized an orgy together at a Paris hotel room. Lagarde, who was once  favored to run Strauss-Kahn’s protection unit if he became president of  France, is also said to have accompanied prostitutes to New York City  for Strauss-Kahn. The revelations came during an inquiry into an  underage prostitution racket. Strauss-Kahn has not been accused,  however, of sleeping with underage girls.
From The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
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  • Prostitute Says DSK Threw Orgy

    After beating two allegations of rape, Dominique Strauss-Kahn now finds himself in a new sex scandal: A prostitute testifying at in inquiry in France has said that Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a chief with France’s national police, and Strauss-Kahn organized an orgy together at a Paris hotel room. Lagarde, who was once favored to run Strauss-Kahn’s protection unit if he became president of France, is also said to have accompanied prostitutes to New York City for Strauss-Kahn. The revelations came during an inquiry into an underage prostitution racket. Strauss-Kahn has not been accused, however, of sleeping with underage girls.

    From The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet

    AP photo