« Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose » wrote Judith Thurman in The New Yorker today referring to the latest coup de théâtre in DSK’s roman à clef. Continue reading
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This has little to do with translation and yet I would like people to know, who are not particularly savvy with French politics, that it is probable that the next head of the IMF is going to be a French woman who belongs to a government that is a hardline supporter of unchained liberalism. This government, hand-in-hand with trade unions, superbly ignored millions of demonstrators who protested for weeks, against the basing of retirement age, and furthermore massively crippled the purchasing power of the majority of people, whilst lavishing fiscal presents on their selected rich friends!
Furthermore, according to and revealed by the weekly newspaper “Le Canard Enchaîné”, in 2008, on the order of the French President, she was requested to, using tortuous proceedings of arbitration, allow Mr Tapie, a supporter of the President and also a former supporter of left-winged President Mitterrand, to receive the meager sum of 285 million euros of public money (including 45 million euros of “moral prejudice”) on the outcome of his battle against the bank “le Crédit Lyonnais” when he should have usually, according to the norm, lost the case.
This matter is currently being investigated by the French “Cour de justice de la République” amidst general indifference.
I am very sorry to have to mention this sad story again but I was pretty much shocked when I bought two left-wing French newspapers last Tuesday.
I was first astounded by the fact that the manager of the IMF and former candidate for the French presidency had been arrested after allegedly raping a maid in a luxury hotel in New-York and then completely baffled by the obscene display of pictures of an old man, unshaven, handcuffed and visibly exhausted accused of a crime which has not even been judged yet.
Although our national media keep trying to exploit this unexpected manna by telling us that such proceedings are perfectly normal in America I strongly disagree with the fact that the French press should behave in the same way. But sadly what sells more than dirty stories on sex power and money? They do sell much better anyway than propositions for a fairer society, bonuses regulation and ways to regulate global finance.
What I find the most unbelievable is that our principle of “présomption d’innocence “which does not translate into American English is joyfully flouted by such images and also by a large amount of opinion polls and declarations from former “friends “ of Mr Strauss-Khan, not to mention those of his opponents. This is all perfectly illegal under French law (see article below) and very handy that under the circumstances the applicable law should be that of the United-States of America… continue reading ==>