May 16th, 2011
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Brussels, Belgium (CNN) – The arrest  in New York of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund,  raises a number of questions across the Atlantic where the organization has been a leading player in the European bailout packages.

One man may not make an organization, but the timing of his arrest on alleged sexual assault charges could not have been worse. European Finance ministers begin two days of meetings late Monday to sign off on a bailout package for Portugal, consider offering Ireland a lower interest rate for its rescue plan and evaluate whether Greece warrants emergency funding.

Strauss-Kahn is expected to make his first court appearance to be arraigned on the charges Monday. The IMF chief's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, vowed to vigorously defend him in court, insisting his client is innocent.

Police have said Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted the 32-year-old woman Saturday at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan, then quickly headed off to a New York airport to board a Paris-bound flight.

As ministers sit down in Brussels, auditors from the IMF and the co-lead organization, the European Central Bank, continue their work in Athens on Greek progress in reducing their budget deficit and collecting taxes. IMF officials noted last week that early indications are not promising in Greece – all the more reason the arrest of the organization’s leader can serve as a major distraction.

While Strauss-Kahn and the board of the IMF try to navigate a policy response to the assault charges, they also need to weigh in the resignation last week of the Fund’s number two policy maker, John Lipsky. The former Wall Street economist made it clear he will not seek an extension of his five-year term, which expires at the end of August. Strauss-Kahn and his deputy formed what was considered a highly respectable one-two punch on international monetary affairs.

During the autumn 2008 meltdown of global financial markets – led by the collapse of Lehman Brothers – there was a power and policy vacuum at the top due to the severity of the crisis on U.S. financial markets. The IMF not only filled that vacuum but also moved quickly to bring more players to the table to help solve a liquidity crisis.

In a span of weeks, the international monetary system went from thinking and acting in a G-8 policy context dominated by the U.S. and Europe, to embracing a much wider body of the G-20. The welcome mat was rolled out for the surplus countries such as China and Saudi Arabia and players like India and Indonesia. Strauss-Kahn led this effort and was a key voice in restructuring the Fund’s financial tool kit including the so-called Flexible Credit Line to speed up access to funds in a crisis.

Usually the IMF Managing Director is a well known figure in financial circles, but Strauss-Kahn also has become a major player in French politics. He was the “fireman” who put out the flames of the rapidly spreading wildfire of the credit crisis in 2008-09. He carried on that role during the European financial crisis as Greece became the frontline of a spiralling debt crisis a year ago. This served him well in the polls as the top candidate to lead France’s Socialist Party into elections next year.

A French presidential run now seems a distant dream for Strauss-Kahn. But his arrest in New York raises a much larger question about the current, understood tradition of hiring at these global institutions. They have been dominated by G-8 countries – a European normally leads the IMF and an American takes charge of the World Bank. When Lipsky announced his plans for departure last week, not surprisingly the rumor mill generated candidates from the emerging world: Mexico, South Africa and India. The Managing Director’s personal challenges may accelerate the call from future power players that the existing U.S.-E.U. dominance over appointments may need to change.

Meanwhile, in Brussels there is some serious work to be done on nearly $400 billion dollars worth of bailout funds. The IMF needs to be part of that process. But it won’t likely include the name Strauss-Kahn this week - or perhaps in the future as well.



soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. beaujam90

    The zionist DSK has to face justice for what he did. He should join his best friend and partner in crimes the ex president and racist zionist Moshe Katsav who is serving a 7 years sentence for rape.

    Racist zionists have stolen everything from Palestinians, they are even killing innocents in daily basis, but they only face justice when they rape one of their own.
    I am sure the the racist o zionist rganization AiPAC is doing all it can to free this serial rapist as he is one of its members.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:37 am |
  2. deepwater805

    Those French maid uniforms will get you in trouble every time...

    May 16, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  3. Tom

    Great article! How about writing about the arrest? Totally missed the point!

    May 16, 2011 at 3:58 am |
  4. harihar

    First of all we want concrete evidence as the charge is serious.Circumstantial and oral evidence will not do.Question is whether it is video taped ? or any one else saw it .Otherwise Kahn can go home free .That is justice

    May 16, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  5. pepermint1

    seems like illicit sex and powerful men are the norm in our world
    "pull your pants up' I say !

    May 16, 2011 at 4:29 am |
  6. UncleSam

    @beaujam90, go spread your hate somewhere else. You are the racist that points to the west to justify your own faults and shortcomings. Typical Islamist whiner, blame everyone else for your backwards religion when you should blame your corrupt governments and your own religious terrorists for your problems.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  7. Roelof

    EU is big enough to invent a whole new currency system on it's own. Probably that will happen with USA will never pay you back strategy. We can do what we want on this planet. It's all ours.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:15 am |
  8. mmaker14

    i support beaujam90, zionist always kill palestinians and thats a 100% correct fact

    May 16, 2011 at 5:23 am |
  9. omg

    "but the timing of his arrest on alleged sexual assault charges could not have been worse." Guess he should have thought of that before trying to force an innocent victim to assess his unimpressive little french wee-wee.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:31 am |
  10. François delarue

    Cette histoire est vraiment n'importe quoi
    C'est un attenta politique purement et simplement
    On veut abattre le deuxième homme le,plus puissant de la planète
    La presse américaine salis délibérément son image sans se soucié de la présomption d'innocence

    May 16, 2011 at 5:34 am |
  11. kristou

    je suis choquée que les gens le condamne dessuite il faut attendre les preuves...

    May 16, 2011 at 5:55 am |
  12. Henk

    ""Will IMF sex scandal hit EU bailout?"" CNN should get some better reporters. The bailouts are about Greece, Portugal and Ireland. The EU even Shares in the Bailout for these nations. Many EU nations don`t even use the Euro. Again, No EU bailout.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  13. Ross

    The bailout is also of French, German and UK banks. They made foolish loans, helping to inflate bubbles. Under capitalism the banks should be let go bust instead of being bailed out by taxpayers.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  14. doris

    has there been dna tests on the maid as well?

    May 16, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  15. François delarue

    @kristou
    Moi aussi je suis vraiment choqué que la presse américaine le condamne d'avance et salisse encore plus son image
    Cette histoire a quelque chose qui ne va pas Je sais pas pourquoi mais j'ai du mal a avaler ce scénario
    Trop de zone d'ombre trop de choses qui ne colle pas

    May 16, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  16. NotSurprised

    Personnaly, I am a socialist. Not that kind of socialist who possesses porsches and respect so much the working class that I'll go sexually harass a maid doing her job. Remember. A famous french newspaper already revealed DSK had a guilty taste for groupsex after being caught in one of those clubs. Also, at least 3 women (including french writer Tristane Banon) confessed being sexually harassed by this man . Some women of her party confess that they never want to stay with him alone in a room. When he left the hotel room, he "forgot" to take his PHONE and some other stuffs. Come on, he's in chief of the IFM. He's not supposed to be this distracted. And no wonder why he was sent out of France, where he made too much scandals, in a country where puritanism, conservatism, and judicial system all tend to condemn this kind of behaviour.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  17. Wake Up

    Why would someone of his caliber risk his carree by doing such a stupidity ? don't tell me it wasn't a set up as it reeks like it... How to kill a three birds in one stone...

    Change IMF governance by putting an ex JPM-SB economist, surely US Citizen to solve EU problems... i do see an issue here
    Take out a true potential contender for the french presidency.
    Stall the EU bailout process, if you had noticed for the past weeks, every week end brings it loads of surprises, greece threatening to leave EU in a spiegel article, commodities playing Yo Yo due to manipulated margin hikes. These are all distractions to capture our attention so we don't look elsewhere, as in the dire state of the US economy and the amok printing machine blowing through the debt room this monday most likely.

    On DSK setup again, if he wanted to have some fun time with a lady don't you think he would have enough credit line to call a h00ker (and even that if divulged would be risky for his career, berlusconi did it and even worse, but always borderline legal) ? isn't it strange that for a guy of this caliber there was NO security guards outside of his 3k suite ? get a clue seriously, he prolly called an escort, asked her to come dressed as a maid because it's his fantasy, he's obviously a dominant male (proven record but of affairs but nothing AS SERIOUS as what he's charged with now, nothing he can be punished with 20 years inprisonment) so he asked the escort to play a scenario where she would resist...

    Call is somehow intercepted, escort is delayed, and someone "MISTAKENLY" send a real maid to clean a "SUPPOSEDLY" empty room with "NO SECURITY" outside. DSK plays his dominant role on what he thinks is a damn good acting h00ker and the unthinkable happens...

    Give us a break this is a setup , no questions asked.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  18. François delarue

    Quand je lis les commentaire ici je vois tout de suite le niveau intellectuel de certain
    Il y a du ridicule du idiot du pas de sens etc du grand n'importe quoi tant de spéculation que ça donne mal a la tête

    May 16, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  19. Wake Up

    Francois, il ne faut pas t'attendre a autre chose sur les sections de commentaires de CNN... la plupart des citoyens de ce brave pays ne savent pas qui est DSK, ne sont probablement jamais sorti de leur pays et pour finir n'ont acces a l'information que par le biais de media dont le traitement de l'information et fort discutable.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  20. nduge elvis

    well this has to be proven in court, but his vision will or may be realize in so many yrs to came whether guilty or not.
    From Cameroon

    May 16, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  21. Hordur Valsson

    "As ministers sit down in Brussels, auditors from the IMF and the co-lead organization, the European Central Bank..."

    Am I the only person to find it scary that these two are co-lead?

    May 16, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  22. MAGGIE

    Oh, this is a clear set-up, no doubt about it.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  23. Sandra

    Francois de la Rue – I perfectly understand French but who are you to hijack CNN and place comments in French insulting the intelligence of Americans? The simple truth behind your attacks is that you are a sore loser – you are jealous that 200 years of French cultural dominance has lost to more popular American culture over the past 50 years or so. Guess what? In France, this would be swept under the rug under your truly aristocratic system that's disguised in democracy. This man has a record of these types of offenses and a poor maid in America has an equal voice, even to someone as powerful and wealthy – corrupt – as DSK. What does France do in the world today? What innovation is coming from France? Do something with that deplorable state of yours before criticizing other countries. I live in France and I see with my own eyes the state of French life – you are all scavangers who hate everyone "outside" as well as each other. Please do the world a favor and seek psychological help.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  24. Wake Up

    CNN being so tech savvy about Twitter and Facebook could start digging that lead...

    First to mention it was the NY Post (that's how i learnt about it first) , what to do with some active right wing partisans twitting about DSK's arrest at the hotel (when it's the airport and nothing about the hotel has been mentioned yet) manage to tweet the information an hour and a half before the NY Post ?

    http://www.lepost.fr/article/2011/05/15/2494988_dsk-arrete-ou-les-preuves-d-une-operation-minutieusement-orchestree-par-l-ump.html

    May 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  25. mnesbitt

    This guy is in charge of billions, he can't even control himself let alone billions f dollars. Or is OK for him to take what he wants I am sure he has for years

    May 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  26. Will

    So one Zionist J3w, and his band of Zionist J3w underling "economists", control the economic fate of the entire world.

    And people say the P.E.Z. are fake...

    May 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Lena

    Problem is that addiction makes the smartest people act stupidly. Look at Bill Clinton, Tiger Wood, Britney Spears, Laure Manaudou etc...

    May 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  28. Wake Up

    DSK 's room number was 2806 at the sofitel.

    DSK 's formal announce for running for presidency was said to be 28th June

    (in europe we tend to put the day first and not the month...)

    Go check for yourself and tell me the whole thing reeks of a bad movie.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  29. BajaInsider

    Well, the IMF has been screwing people on the country level for decades, it's about time they got down to it on a personal level.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  30. Sébastien

    It pleases me to see that your chats – if not your articles – seem as stupid as ours, in France.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  31. François delarue

    @sandra
    Quand je lis ce que tu écrit je ne peut m'empêcher de rire
    Ton commentaire confirme ce que je dit

    Ton ignorance sur le monde et sur la France est déplorable
    Tu dis que la France n'a rien apporté au monde en technologie et en science
    C'est tellement idiot que je ne te citerais pas un seul exemple tellement il y en n'a.
    Contrairement a ton pays qui lui n'a véritablement que du mauvais de du bon
    Si tu veux des exemple en voici
    Colonisation même en 2011 c'est grave non
    Torture sur des citoyens sans justification
    Exécution de mineur
    Peine de mort encore présente dans un pays soit disant développée
    Système judiciaire ridicule qui profite plus aux riche qu'aux citoyen normaux
    Droit de l'homme encore a discutée
    Droit de l'enfant inexistant étant donné que vous les exécuté cool hein
    Guantanamo TRES belle représentation d'un pays comme les USA
    Système de l'information (media) contrôlé pour la majorité par des entreprises ou des têtes qui on du pouvoir pour filtrer les infos qu'ils veulent etc etc etc la liste est tellement longue que j'en n ai mal a la tête

    Ah oui pour finir tu dit que tu vis en France. Désolé mais j'en doute
    Parce que pour dire que nous sœur gouverner par l'aristocratie il faut TRES mal connaitre la France d'aujourd'hui et d'avant
    Tu dis que la France a 200 ans de culture ( unbelievable ) Tu me confirme encore plus le fais que les américains sont de plus en plus stupide et anti pathique

    May 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  32. Delacroix

    After Michael Jackson and Julian Asssange , US arrest Strauss Khan.

    May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  33. jasbir singh

    the whole thing dosent add up.obviously he was taken by surprise as he reportedly stepped out nude from the shower, thinking he was alone. he must have got angry at someone barging in without knocking, and catchinmg him in the raw and must have roughed her up in anger, and threatened to report her. afraid of loosing her job, she created a stink on sex.a man coming out of a shower in the raw and getting surprised can logically be angry , but cant imagine him getting sexually aroused under these circumstances–if he forced her to do the bill clinton act, then i hope she didnt rinse her mouth thereafter as thats the only proof of guilt left

    May 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  34. AJ

    Well the US and UK press have made their mind up: tried and convicted on the basis of one accusation, and more than ready to believe every word. Why, because he is French! That seems to be the decider for these so called media outlets. What happened to 'innocent until proven guilty', especially when the whole world knows there are half a dozend interests who would benefit from him being out of the picture THIS WEEK in particular. Really, America is the home of the eternal conspiracy theory and yet they can't smell one here????

    May 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  35. sebastien of france

    bonjours à tous,
    la justice et les méthodes d'investigations de la police américaine sont différente des notres , mais il faut laisser faire les personnes leur boulot d'enquette.
    Rien ne sert de critiquer , de dénigrer nos voisins Américains , il y a des accusations , des analyse vont etre faites , et des témoignages recoupés....
    gardons nos distances , ne partons dans des critiques franco-américaines.....
    Nous sommes assez heureux d'avoir ce pays comme allier depuis si longtemp, pour qu'une affaire de sexe vienne creer des discordes .....pour ma part , vive l'Amérique , car hommes puissant ou hommes du peuple meme égalité ....les menottes!!! et pas de chi chi !

    May 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  36. Nick San Diego

    Are you telling me that ONE man, this piece of s- can control the Market ???
    If so we got a BIG problems

    May 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  37. Catiouch

    Dear Sandra,
    I guess you didn't catch up Francois's comment. I guess this is probably due to the fact that you don't understand "perfectly" french (or french way of expressing the disapointment). In french, "interllectual level" is not a litteral expression. I don't think he meant that the american intelligence is "limited", otherwise, why is he connected to cnn.com then ??? We wanted to express that the story discribed by 'WAKE UP" is far-fetched (but not silly from my personal point of view). But that's all !!!
    Now about your feelings about french people.... we, french people, don't care about what you think of feel about us.
    And about this "Strauss-Kahn" affair, french people are not responsible for this stupid behaviour.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  38. Wake Up

    Debt limit reached, Mr Geithner is gonna tap pension funds – official. Attention diverted to eurozone with DSK... nuff said

    May 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  39. Specht

    We do not really now the DSK case. Sexual addiction is a deep pathology. If he really sexually abused the maid, I hope he will receive treatment in addition to the penalty.
    Pour les Français qui interviennent en langue française, essayez au moins d'écrire sans fautes. Ce serait déjà ça de gagner pour l'image de la France.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  40. eric

    SANDRA... you are living in France ?? I guess you should be back in Usa.... The "freedom country ??" IIn gpd You trust... IN TRUTH WE TRUST !! Guilty or not guilty ? That is the question !! And it's seems americans networks have decided he is guilty.. Timing of this story seems to be arrange many people around the world,.Specially the American gouvenrnement as the American debt reaches summits... Who is this woman ? Nobody knows... We are waiting for solid proves.. If he is guikty , he must be juged.. If not... a life and a family will be brake..
    To be honnest I dont like extremist and fundamentalist face of USA..

    May 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  41. James T.

    I hear that over 40% of our contributions to the IMF end up being spent on cocaine and hookers. Maybe it's time to shut this den of sin down, keep our money at home, and re-invest it our children.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  42. misterT

    @Wake Up,

    you are the most sensible blogger here.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  43. Rob

    Sandra, you told M.Delarue is insulting Americans and American culture in general, but you’re doing exactly the same with French and French culture… Am I right? And even if a French guy come to this site to give his opinion, he’s not talking for all French people. Please don’t be as stupid as him by giving those kind of information abour France. And if you don’t like us, I suppose you’ll be pleased to come back to your country. I’m a stupid French guy, but I like other countries, guess what, I’m going to visit US and Canada next month. Last thing, I’m gonna give you an exemple of what does France in the world today: They don’t do in Irak to make war under false reasons…

    May 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  44. djibril

    c pas normal que de gens comme DSK puisse être traiter de la sorte , et tout ce ci pour des filles qui ne valent rien

    May 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  45. Elise

    Sandra – Puisque tu comprends parfaitement notre langue, je vais te parler en français si tu veux bien.
    François de la Rue s'est assez mal exprimé quand il a dit que certaines des personnes qui avaient commenté cet article étaient idiots mais il n'a en aucun cas insulté les Américains en général donc je t'en pris, n'insulte pas les Français. Je l'avoue, les Français ne sont vraiment pas les personnes les plus sympathiques au monde mais pas besoin de s'acharner sur mon pays, merci. De plus, je suis assez d'accord avec François, il y a trop de parts d'ombre et il faut l'avouer que la presse ne respecte absolument pas la présomption d'innocence ! Bien sur, que cette jeune femme de chambre a les mêmes droits que DSK mais n'oublions pas qu'il n'est pas encore jugé coupable. Je pense sincèrement que c'est un complot (du moins, je l'espère !).. Voilà, je voulais juste te dire ça.
    Ps : Je suis française et j'adore les gens de 'dehors' donc ne juge pas trop vite, je t'en pris. De plus, j'adore aussi les USA et je pense que dire que nous sommes 'jaloux' de votre pays est un peu présomptueux (même si c'est surement un peu vrai!)
    Elise.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  46. Laurent

    is it possible to let the justice do his job quietly without all that media riot, and just wait a few days ??

    if DSK is guilty he will be punished, but if he's not guilty what a pity for theamerican press, on the web, the TV for such a behaviour...

    future will tell us....

    May 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  47. Laura

    Décidement une raison de plus de detester cette société americaine qui ne respecte rien ni personne.
    Je suis absolument choquée que l'on puisse traiter un homme comme cela, qu'il soit coupable ou non.
    Les images que j'ai vues ce matin de DSK, sali, trainé, balladé en menottes comme un animal ont fini de me convaincre que vraiment ce pays se fout totalement de la dignité de l'être humain.
    L'Amerique pietine tout et tout le monde, les americains nous casse les oreilles avec leur soi disant "democratie", s'ils avaient un tant soit peu de culture et d'ouverture sur le monde, il verrait bien qu'il n'ont rien inventé et n'ont rien à exporter surtout pas en matière de principe moraux, ils viennent d'en faire une fois de plus la démonstration aujourd'hui.
    Par pitié cultivez-vous, apprenez des choses sur les autres, quand allez-vous enfin vous remettre en question? Le monde vous deteste et se moque de vous.
    Non les droits fondamentaux de l'etre humain ça n'est pas d'avoir une arme à feu!!! mais de manger, de se soigner, d'être RESPECTÉ. Sincerement j'ai de la peine pour vous, et je remercie le ciel de vivre dans un pays la France ou fumer une cigarette dans un lieu interdit ne va pas m'envoyer en prison, où si un homme me drague je ne peux pas porter plainte contre lui, un pays où l'on est pas des handicapés du sexe come vouset surtout un pays où il est strictement interdit et immoral d'humilier un homme comme vous l'avez fait ce matin.Definitivement usa je te hais!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  48. M ELASMAR

    The international news bureaus indicate that DSK forced the maid to have oral sex. Its very difficult to picture a 60+ year old man forcing a 30 year old woman withouth her making a defensive move like bite, hit or kick. There was no gun point or tie down by rope or another person. This episode sounds strage; much more when the hour that the maid says she was attacked doesnt correspond to the time that DSK was in the room. Someone is going to lay a HUGE goose egg on this one.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  49. Gaulois

    @Sandra
    Thanks , french people believe to be the depositary of justice, equality and fraternity on earth

    May 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  50. edsr

    New York papers are known for sensationalism............."all the news that is fit to print".............they drool for stuff like this whether it be true or not.........journalism is a PAST art.............

    May 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  51. gaucho

    that guy always kept thinkin' he coudl rule the world his own way and , smash out every one ?he was wrong ! we can now see the evidences .... a human wreck: that's what he is !

    May 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  52. gaucho

    mr delarue : vous parlez anglais ou non ?vos amis bloggeurs américains vous comprennent ? en êtes vous certain? make an effort ,sir ! just an effort !

    May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  53. Bravo :

    Sandra – I just want to say bravo and bravo again for your really realistic response! France es really what you discribed. I leave in France since I am 6, and I can tell you, all you have said is true : French people hate everybody is not french.
    thank you sandra

    May 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  54. menovi

    this is a Setup..!! It is obvious from the whole Drama !!

    May 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  55. Sage Maxwell

    If the crime was committed, he needs to be brought to justice. Yet based on the speeches we heard from the DA and the defense, the defense made its case for bail. I feel the judge was not fair, considering the arguments about bail and flight risk. The DA is typical making speculative statement concerning this potential risk. The defense has seemingl succinct explanation to minimize arguments raised by the prosecution. Asshe said she is not hearing evidence to determine innocence or guilt, but just the matter of bail. Forget about the crime for a moment, because of presumption of innocence, and just simply hear the arguments concerning bail; you be the judge...

    May 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  56. JimN

    This just in: Geithner has written a letter to the NYPD asking Mr. Strauss-Kahn be released because this is a particularly fragile time for world markets and could cause “irrevocable damage," if he is not allowed to join his central banking buddies in Europe to continue work on the bailouts to maintain the financial system. Mr. Geithner further states that the incident involving Mr. Stauss-Kahn has already happened, and is in the past; but it is the present and future we need to address.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  57. sarkozy389

    The American justice does not attack a man, it attacks a country France, it is only a pure vengeance of the affair(business) Polanski, it is only an attack against the IMF(INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND), find you not squints that a man in the head of an international organization so prestigious, is to stop(arrest) a few days before creating a plan of billion euro help(assistant) to Greece and to Portugal. It is only a manipulation, a machination, a plot to bring down a powerful man. If the charge is not based(established), if the charge rose of any room (part play), if the charge is false, France and French people will not forgive the American justice.

    May 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  58. sarkozy389

    je m'adresse à "sandra" qui insulte notre pays:
    vous dîtes que notre pays est lamentable, pourquoi y vivez vous s'il n'est pas assez bien pour vous, La France est un pays des plus importants de la planète si aujourd'hui les usa sont indépendants c'est à la France qu'ils le doivent, si comme vous le dîtes les américains détestent notre culture, pourquoi sont ils si nombreux à venir visiter La France, chaque année, pas pour manger dans des fast food je présume, plutôt pour boire du champagne, notre pays possède une immense culture, il existait lorsque les Usa n'était encore qu'un désert. Bref je ne critique pas les Usa c'est un pays fascinant, ayant une histoire remarquable, possédant un peuple plus que respectable. Si DSK à réellement commis les faits qui lui sont reprochés, il devra assumer, mais vous comme personne n'avez le droit d'affirmer à 100% qu'il soit coupable, il présumé innocent avant d'être présumé coupable, cette affaire est peut être fondée, peut être un complot ou autre mais avant tout c'est un homme qui a le droit à la présomption d'innocence de plus il est au rang d'homme d'état, je trouve pour ma part que la justice a abusée en lui refusant la liberté conditionnelle mais après tout une décision de justice d'où qu'elle vienne doit être respecté.

    May 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  59. Ann

    I think it's wrong to start criticizing other cultures because of what someone from another culture did, to generalize about a whole country or race from an individual's act: "The zioniosts," "You are ALL scavengers.who hate everyone"!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  60. noman

    shocker. a man purportedly rapes someone and zionism is to blame. Can scapegoating get any more transparent?

    May 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  61. Mike Harris

    Maybe this is a good moment for the USA to leave that corrupt IMF. The US taxpayer is the largest contributor to the IMF (almost 20% of the IMF reserves come from us) and all that these IMF funds are being used for is to bail out debt-ridden European countries. When the USA financial system almost collapsed in 2008, we did not take a PENNY from the IMF. And STILL do I read on all those European bogs that they blame the US citizens for the crisis. I would say to Europe: Put your money where your big mouth is, and pay for your OWN friggin' debts over there!
    By the way – Can anyone explain to me why this fat cat Strauss-Kahn had to stay in $3000 a night hotels, fly first class around the world and living the good life? THE USA SHOULD LEAVE THAT IMF, STARTING TODAY!

    May 17, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  62. roberta

    lol, Sandra, you got the frenchies with their panties and briefs in a bind....with just one itty, bitty comment. Goes to show, the frenchies like to dish it...but they can´t ake it. Good job. And about DSK, looks like he has a history....not good.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  63. Stan Anyanwu

    Well, I think the case should be investigated without bias, if he's found guilty then the law takes its cause. But I know this will boost the chances of the incumbent French president to still clinch to power.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  64. sebastien of france

    Que d'hormones en liberté depuis cette affaire , calmons nos propos, amis français ,attendons!!! , ne jugeons pas la maniére de faire des Américains,nos méthodes et notre façon de vivre n'est pas une réference non plus!!!
    Pour ma part , j'ai entiérement confiance sur la justice Américaine , mais il faudra que toutes les vérités soient dites, et preuves démontrés, car la justice ne peut se fier à quelques infos et communiqués de presse .....nous avons une bonne amitié entre nos deux pays .........taisons nos ranqueurs , et réfléchissons avant de baver !( des deux cotés de l'Atlantique...)

    bisous à tous , tiens à midi je bois l'apéro à la santé de l'amitié franco-Américaine !!!!
    ricard par ciel bleu....ricard merveilleux !!!!

    May 17, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  65. Sandra

    Normally I wouldn't take the time to respond to such comments, but the voracity in which the French readers reply – in French – on an American news website astounds me. Yes, the truth is I do live in France. But I chose to speak French when commenting to a French audience or media outlet. It only seems logical.

    The trait that is so puzzling about the French is their eagerness to criticize the US while simultaneously denying/rejecting any criticism turned their way. Yes, Americans should restrain because their intellect is so far behind that of the French society. I feel that I am a good candidate to speak out about the differences because I have, in fact, lived in both places.

    The subject here is the difference between an accusation made by a black maid in the US and in France. I don't doubt for a minute that if a black maid in France were to make such an accusation, she, the victim, would be silenced and no one would know about it. The US investigates every allegation.

    But the French have to bring in other topics like the meager intelligence of Americans. The fact that they're a tourist destination, etc. Funny that last I checked American universities have a higher standing in France than their own. Funny that seems people pay top $$$ to attend American universities from around the world. But we're just a bunch of intellectually challenged, war mongering, uncultured idiots.

    Let's see in France, they regulate the amount of English spoken songs on the radio. Can't exceed 50% or something along those lines. The Minstry of Culture's main purpose is to preserve the reputation of France by voraciously rejecting criticism and promoting itself with taxpayers money. This ministry even preserves the French language – they don't want any words like "email" to become a legal part of the French language. No, no, "courielle" is the legal way to say "email."

    Then we've got our 50% total withholdings, eagerly contributed to our republic of "egalite" (equality). We give the state a good 50% of our gross income, but let's not talk about every household's responsibility to pay their "habitation tax" and 116 euros/year to own a television. 19.6% sales tax, and 80 cents/liter of gas goes directly to te state. All the while, your honest politicians are vacationing with their buddies in private jets and 5* luxury villas down in Libya, Egypt, or even Mexico for the matter. Then they come beg for America's military strengh during the Libyan revolution – because after all 90% of Libya's gas is destined for Europe. All the while a sense of frustration and urgency takes hold because the "Union of Europe" can't decide who should take the lead, organize, etc.

    When I talk about innovation, it seems that even Airbus can't get their act together, for example significant delivery delays, safety issues, and power struggles between the major European players, i.e. France and Germany. These two countries were working on 2 completely different versions of CATIA and had compatibility issues with the electrical systems. What is united about that? Let's see, you build a new terminal at a major international airport – CDG – and it collapses only to kill 13 people. The only innovation that comes from France is from the lingering aristocrats who truly do rule this country today. It's funny how they disguise it as a democracy and are still hand-counting the votes – as if hand counting eliminates the possibility to cheat.

    Tell me why I can't find a sonic toothbrush or water pick in France? There are SO MANY choices of products, from haircare, clothing, electronics,

    May 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  66. Sandra

    Ooops, accidentally hit post too early. To those of you who ask why I don't leave France and go back home – don't you worry, I WILL. And boy that will be a day of glory in heaven – in the country in which GOD WE TRUST. Do you really not have anything better to criticize? For personal reasons, I will stay in France for a little while longer. And guess what, I'm living in France and paying my 50% to your government – LEGALLY. However, I suggest you live – not just travel – in another country to see how other people really live – besides just watching Thalassa on Fri. nights and thinking that's living abroad. Do it yourselves and I believe your anti-american spiels will subside- what you don't see is that you are all a product of your government's propaganda that starts a la maternelle. Never have I seen a society so deep in denial about the truth of a system – but then denial is a perfectly normal and healthy defense mechanism.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  67. sebastien of france

    @ to Sandra

    Have you ever been in Normandie , to visited the biggest American Cimetery?
    there a lot of white cross of american's soldiers dead for our liberty !!!!
    i can just tell something: thank you , America!!!!!!!! , and never i will criticize your country , for this reason ...
    Now , i think that ours countrys are leaving differently, but never i'll forgoten what's your grand father could do for mine ....
    i thing ,so, you love your country , like i love mine ..... don't be so stupid to get angry , respect us , it's better than war
    a frenchie...... of freedom and friendly

    sorry if i have make some spealling mistakes , to use your language ..but i have trying !

    May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  68. Aurelie de France

    @ Sandra,

    Thanks for your comments. You're absolutely right what you've said about the French..Just read most of the Frenchies blogs. they really feel offended:)). As for DSK, he's guilty full stop! Once again, thanks to the American justice system if it was in Franc, this woman wouldn't have stand a chance. Not only because she is a maid but also because she is African. That just shows you how racist the French system is.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
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    If the IMF is so dependent on this one guy DSK, then the organization is a doomed organization. Any way, IMF should change to EMF, as it is basically an European affair. The Asians have started their own Asian fund as they do not trust the IMF.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:05 am |
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