"The pattern of French political behavior — in which class, rank and gender trump all — is long established."...
5/18/11, "Smoke and Fire: Why France Was Silent About Strauss-Kahn's Womanizing," Time.com, Bruce Crumley/Paris
"The case in New York City reflects another dimension of the problem in France. "If I try transposing the situation in New York on Sunday to France, I just can't do it," says Diallo Rokhaya Diallo, president of Les Indivisibles, an
- association that promotes diversity in France.
And so it was that during an April 28 Strauss-Kahn meeting with journalists from the daily Libération. Under informal conditions, the IMF boss let his hair down about his looming presidential bid and the points that his opponents would attack and carp on in the hopes of sinking his run for the Elysee. "Money, women and my Jewishness," Strauss-Kahn said, looking around to see which topic elicited the biggest response. He repeated one, echoing Mitterrand. "Yes, I love women. Et, alors?!" But he forgot one thing. He was not President yet."
In America this is known as 'the Chicago way.' ed.