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.....French outraged by U.S. treatment of Strauss-Kahn
ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 5-17-11 | Alexandria Sage and Paul Taylor

Posted on 05/17/2011 6:35:27 AM PDT by rawhide

French Socialist politicians voiced outrage Tuesday at the parading of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed and unshaven in the United States before he has a chance to defend himself on charges of attempted rape.

Arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid at a luxury New York hotel,Strauss-Kahn was made by police to walk manacled in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse,and his appearance before a judge was televised.

Former Culture Minister Jack Lang described the treatment of the Socialist presidential frontrunner--whose political career is now in tatters--as a "lynching" that had "provoked horror and aroused disgust."

The U.S. justice system,he said,was "politicized" and the judge appeared to have been determined to "make a Frenchman pay" by denying the head of the International Monetary Fund bail even though his lawyer had offered to post $1 million bond.

To many Americans,the handling of Strauss-Kahn reflected an egalitarian tradition that all crime suspects get the same treatment,regardless of their wealth or power.

Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry denounced "degrading images" and said France was lucky to have a law on the presumption of innocence that bars media from showing defendants in handcuffs before they are convicted.

Former Justice Minister Elisabeth Guigou,who drafted that law,called the pre-trial publicity "absolutely sickening."

"The power of these images of a Kahn who hasn't been allowed to shave, tired, and not dressed properly,all that offends human dignity,"she told Europe 1 radio.

Another respected former justice minister,Robert Badinter,who pushed through the abolition of the death penalty in France,said the IMF chief had been subjected to "death by media."

"Never forget it's not just judges that are elected,but prosecutors.And the chief of police is elected.And clearly,in public opinion,to exhibit a powerful rich man in the presence of a victim from a very poor background,electorally,it pays off."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: dsk; imf; kahn; rape; strausskahn
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I like what one guy wrote in the article's comments:

When aren't the French outraged about something... screw them.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, "Does that include the American servicemen and women who are buried in France?"

DeGaulle did not respond.

1 posted on 05/17/2011 6:35:29 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

The French you got to rememember believe in a lazze-fare kind of system.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 6:36:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: rawhide

*Cough*Roman Polanski*Cough*


3 posted on 05/17/2011 6:39:41 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: rawhide

We’re just a bunch of savages. What else can I say?/LOL

Bet that bus trip to Riker’s was an eyeopener.


4 posted on 05/17/2011 6:40:16 AM PDT by goldi (')
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To: rawhide

Well now wait a minute...weren’t we told that oral sex isn’t sex? And isn’t anal sex an altenrative lifestyle thing that even Massachusetts schools give instructions in? [or is it “on”?]

So maybe the French have a point....we are treating this guy like some sort of criminal for getting a bit frisky with the hired help [winkwinknudgenudge know whut i mean?]

/sarc


5 posted on 05/17/2011 6:41:46 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: rawhide

The victim in this case is a French-speaking Muslim immigrant from Guinea (who wears a headscarf) and now Strauss-Kahn has stopped denying that he did it and his lawyer is claiming that it was “consensual.” Yeah, right.

He’s gotten out of other similar claims in the past simply because he was a major Socialist big-wig.


6 posted on 05/17/2011 6:42:10 AM PDT by livius
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To: rawhide

I guess the French don’t see what the big deal is, but they are trying to become more civilized, after all they did outlaw incest last year


7 posted on 05/17/2011 6:43:23 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: rawhide

“New York hotel,Strauss-Kahn was made by police to walk manacled in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse,and his appearance before a judge was televised.”

Gives a whole new meaning to “frog-marched”...


8 posted on 05/17/2011 6:44:46 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: rawhide

9 posted on 05/17/2011 6:45:43 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: rawhide

Whenever socialists are “outraged,” whether they are French, American or another nationality, it means we’re doing something right.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 6:46:54 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: livius
The victim in this case is a French-speaking Muslim immigrant from Guinea (who wears a headscarf)

Did not know that. Lets hope this is not a trial balloon case for Sharia Law in the U.S.

11 posted on 05/17/2011 6:47:11 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: goldi
Wonder if he thinks Rikers will prepare his meals to order? “And how would you like your eggs prepared, Sir? Is the steak cooked to your satisfaction? Care for another croissant?”
12 posted on 05/17/2011 6:47:43 AM PDT by JPG (The real reason Huck quit? Fear of grizzly bears.)
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To: jagusafr

LOL


13 posted on 05/17/2011 6:47:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: rawhide

Police commissioner is not an elected office.


14 posted on 05/17/2011 6:48:31 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: rawhide
"The power of these images of a Kahn who hasn't been allowed to shave, tired, and not dressed properly, all that offends human dignity..."

What really offends French Socialists is that a senior general in their FSA (Free S**t Army - thanks to Karl Denninger for the term) is being treated with something other than utter deference. It's the exact same reaction feminists had to Bill Clinton's misdeeds. Advocacy of systematic wealth transfer seems to pre-forgive all sins.

15 posted on 05/17/2011 6:51:50 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: rawhide

Michael Savage thinks this was a Sarkozy-camp setup, taking advantage of DSK’s known predilections.


16 posted on 05/17/2011 6:51:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islamophobia: The fear of offending Muslims because they are prone to violence.)
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To: goldi

Maybe the Viagra wore off by then


17 posted on 05/17/2011 6:51:57 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Texas Fossil
Did not know that. Lets hope this is not a trial balloon case for Sharia Law in the U.S.

If it was she would need four witnesses to make the charge.

Anyone who shifts the story from "didn't do it" to "it was consentual" when he finds out about the fact of DNA evidence probably is lying with both claims.

18 posted on 05/17/2011 6:52:57 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: rawhide

Permission granted to be outraged.


19 posted on 05/17/2011 6:53:03 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: rawhide

I guess there is no way to translate “perp walk” into French. I can’t help but recalling the way the French treated us over the affair of Ira Einhorn, and remember that that was a socialist government.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 6:53:59 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: livius

I’m glad you clarified the facts because I, initially, thought that they were setting-this-guy-up. I was thinking, “how does a 62-year-old man, physically compel a thirty-something, young woman to submit to sexual abuse?”


21 posted on 05/17/2011 6:54:00 AM PDT by old school
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To: rawhide

IMHO the title of this article should read:

“French socialists attempt to deflect attention from the fact alleged attacker was their leading candidate”


22 posted on 05/17/2011 6:55:12 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Saul Alinsky, meet Donald Trump...")
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To: rawhide

I had a Strauss-Kahn and tossed it in the pooper. Danged thing never kept time.


23 posted on 05/17/2011 6:55:33 AM PDT by Fighting Irish ("I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: rawhide

Hey Frenchies, consider it payback for Ira Einhorn.


24 posted on 05/17/2011 6:55:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rawhide

So keep your rear out of this Country and you won’t have this problem.


25 posted on 05/17/2011 6:55:54 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: rawhide

-——French Socialist politicians voiced outrage-——

Point of order......

The tendency here is to always assume homogenity when it does not exist and to paint with a broad brush. The article does not say French, it says French Socialist Politicians. That would be the out of power French Socialist politicians.

It can be argued that the reason the man was arrested and the reason socialists are out of power is one and the same.

I don’t know but the point needs to be made


26 posted on 05/17/2011 6:56:12 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: rawhide

So, are the French going out on a Jihad?


27 posted on 05/17/2011 6:56:48 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rawhide

DSK was just doing what the IMF has been doing for years, raping people.


28 posted on 05/17/2011 6:56:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rawhide

The French are right on this one.
The “Perp Walk” is a disgrace.

What purpose does it serve? None, for either justice or the defendant.

It serves the prosecutor, the police and the media, above any other consideration, and can only serve to poison the jury pool.


29 posted on 05/17/2011 6:59:15 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Texas Fossil

If it were a Sharia thing, wouldn’t SHE be stoned to death in Times Square?


30 posted on 05/17/2011 6:59:28 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: bert

Socialists in France then, are the same as Socialists here, the rules don’t apply to THEM!!!


31 posted on 05/17/2011 6:59:52 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: JPG

Given the “cuisine” at Rikers, I assume he’ll be having more fried baloney, green eggs and ham. Or is it fried baloney, eggs and green ham? I remember the French would not extradite the antiwar activist and murderer (and Earth Day founder) Ira Einhorn until the state authorities agreed not to seek the death penalty (Einhorn was convicted of brutally beating his girlfriend to death in Phila. and stuffing her body into a trunk in their apartment - the body was discovered when neighbors living below Einhorn complained of the smell and dripping liquid). Einhorn spent four years living in luxury in France (after 13 years in other countries in Europe) while the French debated the merits of turning his sorry self over to the barbarian US.


32 posted on 05/17/2011 7:00:08 AM PDT by laconic
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To: rawhide

>> When aren’t the French outraged about something... screw them. <<

Apparently when someone gets raped.


33 posted on 05/17/2011 7:01:18 AM PDT by dangus
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To: rawhide

>> When aren’t the French outraged about something... screw them. <<

Apparently when someone gets raped.


34 posted on 05/17/2011 7:01:55 AM PDT by dangus
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To: rawhide
The people quoted in the article about the arrest of prominent French Socialist Party member Dominique Strauss-Kahn:

prominent French Socialist Party member Jack Lang

prominent French Socialist Party member Martine Aubry

prominent French Socialist Party member Elizabeth Guigou

prominent French Socialist Party member Robert Badinter

Graham Wisner, the brother of Obama appointee Frank Wisner

Nice balance.

35 posted on 05/17/2011 7:02:21 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: SJSAMPLE

You’re right. We should revoke the First Amendment so the press cannot film wealthy and influential people being arrested.


36 posted on 05/17/2011 7:04:32 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: rawhide

Wow! “Frog”-marching, French-speaking, Guinean muslim, “Free Sh*t Army,” this post has been an edifying experience!


37 posted on 05/17/2011 7:05:10 AM PDT by old school
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To: Fighting Irish
I had a Strauss-Kahn and tossed it in the pooper.

Strauss-Kahn also apparently tried to toss his in the pooper.

38 posted on 05/17/2011 7:06:21 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SJSAMPLE

The French aren’t right about jack! It’s this clown’s apparent celebrity that attracted media attention. Perpetrators are walked from their jail cells to court, daily. That’s not an anomaly! The term “Frog-marched” is most appropriate in this case!


39 posted on 05/17/2011 7:13:18 AM PDT by old school
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To: rawhide

What’s disgusting and sickening is comparing lynching with being seen handcuffed and unkempt in a public courtroom. There is no damn comparison. Lynching has a specific connotation in America. Black Americans were hanged and left swinging for the color of their skin.


40 posted on 05/17/2011 7:13:47 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: wideawake

Or, MAYBE, we can accord a defendant his presumption of innocence and take him out the back door or under cover?

Marching a prisoner before the press, intentionally, is clearly a violation of that presumption.


41 posted on 05/17/2011 7:16:45 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Texas Fossil
Lets hope this is not a trial balloon case for Sharia Law in the U.S.

No, if that were the case the rapist would be walking free and the rape victim would be on trial for adultery with death by stoning as the likely sentence.

42 posted on 05/17/2011 7:17:17 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: BuckeyeTexan
This French guy was not singled out for worse or even different treatment that ANY lawbreaker can expect.

To presuppose that this has been the case is perfect BS. He got no worse and no better than anyone else in the same situation.

43 posted on 05/17/2011 7:18:58 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Texas Fossil
The victim in this case is a French-speaking Muslim immigrant from Guinea (who wears a headscarf)

Did not know that. Lets hope this is not a trial balloon case for Sharia Law in the U.S.

This case has nothing to do with Sharia Law. It has to do with an alleged rape of a minimally skilled manual laborer by a powerful socialist politician. The victim's ethnic and religious heritage is irrelevant. What is relevant is that this powerful socialist politician is accused of committing a sex crime against a person whom he presumably believe to be so far beneath him that he was entitled to treat her however he wanted.

44 posted on 05/17/2011 7:23:46 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: La Lydia
I guess there is no way to translate “perp walk” into French.

I believe "Frog March" will do (marche de grenouille??)

45 posted on 05/17/2011 7:23:49 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

First, let’s see if we can’t get you an appointment to the Supreme Court. Then, let’s see if we can get Chanel or Cartier to design “this” guy’s orange jump-suit!


46 posted on 05/17/2011 7:27:20 AM PDT by old school
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Maybe they should have photographed him ‘dressed properly’ as he was when he attacked the maid?

If the maid is a Muslim immigrant who wears a headscarf, that leaves her damaged in a whole other realm. Is she now subject to stoning as well?


47 posted on 05/17/2011 7:31:02 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SJSAMPLE

How would you prefer that a defendant is taken from the Precinct to Central Booking? Should there be a helicopter on the roof to transport the perp? Every single arrested individual does the perp walk. It’s how we move perps. They have to walk. The media only cares about a select few defendants, though.


48 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:05 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: goldi
Is that prison/island in the flight path of LaGuardia airport?

If so... this dude should get a prison cell with a view of all the pretty planes taking off every 35-45 seconds. A far cry from a $3,000/night hotel room in the heart of Manhattan.

49 posted on 05/17/2011 7:35:19 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Oh I see. You just want special attention for high-profile perps. There is no 'back door' to Precincts. You walk out the front door to the street. That's where the cars are. It's a practical matter.

Your hatred of all things police is getting out of hand. How does it feel to agree with the French on this one? You think this guy's alleged victim would give a damn about how you or the French feel?

50 posted on 05/17/2011 7:39:13 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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