It has emerged that International Monetary Fund Chief Executive, Dominique Strauss-Khan’s sex accuser a Guinean immigrant who emigrated to United States of America seven years ago.
The Guinean was said to have secured an employment with Sofitel Hotel in New York only three years ago.
She had claimed that when she entered the IMF mogul suite to clean it, he emerged naked from the bathroom and started chasing her.
She said Stauss-Kahn then dragged her into the bathroom and sexually assaulted her before she managed to break free and raise the
However, French media have sparked controversy by giving all sort of graphic description of the naming the woman working as a chamber maid in Sofitel Hotel.
Some publications have gone even further and named the 32-year-old’s teenager daughter, who she is raising alone as a single mother.
Paris has had a free day matching up differing accounts of the alleged victim’s looks, with sources recounting how lawyers for Strauss-Kahn were apparently surprised by how unattractive she is.
There has been shock and anger France, particularly at how Strauss-Kahn has been paraded in front of the world’s press by police, which some branding it a ‘lynching’.
The method of the parade and the attending treatment portrayed a rehearsed action which given way to speculations that he had been set up.
The case appears to have tapped into wider antipathy towards America after years of tension with France in the wake of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
However, Sarkozy’s current romance with United States in the wake of Libya attack which America led with France surging to be taking initial initiative are putting paid to the past animousity between the two countries in the wake of the Iraq differences.
Sarkozy has been making efforts in recent times to salvage his image, facing humiliating defeat in next year’s French election.
The popularity of Strauss- Kahn has constituted serious threat to Sarkozy’s poilitical future.
According to a survey conducted in France, a majority believe that imprisoned Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a plot.
Majority in his France are standing by the 62-year-old and have questioned the testimony of the chamber maid, offering all kinds of conspiracy theories.
Former culture minister Jack Lang even described the treatment of Strauss-Kahn as a ‘lynching’ that had ‘provoked horror and aroused disgust’.
And now a CSA opinion poll for BFM-TV, RMC and 20 Minutes has shown that 57 per cent of French people believe that Strauss-Kahn is the ‘victim of a plot’.
This figure rises to 70 per cent among those who support the opposition Socialist Party expected to field Strauss-Kahn as its presidential candidate in the next year’s election.
Liberation, the left-wing daily newspaper, has published details on off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28th, in which he said he feared a plot.
Discussing his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency in 2012, he said he imagined ‘a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between 500 thousand and a million euros to make up such a story.’
Because he was the clear favourite to beat Mr Sarkozy, Strauss-Kahn feared he would be subjected to a smear campaign by the President and his Interior Minister, Glaude Gueant.
Strauss-Kahn has now resigned from the IMF because of the scandal, saying in a statement he wanted to devote his energy into clearing his name. He faces 25 years in prison if convicted.
He was refused bail by a New York judge on Monday and sent to the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail after prosecutors argued he might flee to France.
They said they were also investigating other claims against him of sexual assault.
French author Tristane Banon, 31, has accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her a decade ago and is considering reporting him to the police in Paris.
The poll published in the French media was carried out on Monday with a sample of 1007 people selected by the quota method, and overwhelmingly demonstrated support for Strauss-Kahn.
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, jailed in New York on charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid,resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund late Wednesday. He still maintains his innocence, however, and the French, it seems, agree. In a French poll, 57 percent of respondents said Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a plot; when the tally is restricted to members of Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist Party, the number jumps to 70 percent. Conspiracy theories are flourishing, but why does so much of France believe them?
1. The French are anti-American
“I am staggered by this poll,” says Michael Streeter at Charente Libre. Given Strauss-Kahn’s history with women, the charges aren’t exactly outlandish. So I’m blaming French “antipathy towards the U.S.” You have to wonder “whether there would have been so much outrage and belief in conspiracy theories here had the arrest of Strauss-Kahn taken place in another country.”
2. It’s just human nature to buy wild theories
People are naturally drawn to conspiracy theories, says Ilan Shrira in The Washington Post. After all, a good one is “sensational and [features] complex plots and powerful players.” Asking why the French believe that Strauss-Kahn is being framed is “a bit like asking, why do people have such a drive to enjoy gossip. Because it’s interesting.”
3. The French are hypocrites
Some argue that the peccadillo-tolerant French are blaming this on moral Puritanism in America, says Christopher Hitchens at Slate. But the French were all too happy to use American Paul Wolfowitz’s long-term, consensual relationship with an employee to hound him out of his job as World Bank chief. Yet now, when serial molester Strauss-Kahn, a Frenchman, is accused of “the attempted rape of a chambermaid”? It’s “some kind of a setup.” What hypocrisy.
4. The conspiracy theories are plausible
“You don’t have to be a knee-jerk conspiracy buff to entertain the notion that Strauss-Kahn just may be the victim of a setup,” says Tom Sancton at Vanity Fair. A rich, powerful, uncommonly intelligent international banker who’s a shoo-in to be France’s next president risks it all to assault a hotel maid? Who can blame the French for suspecting that the maid was paid off by one of Strauss-Kahn’s powerful rivals?