Another excellent article from The Telegraph which finally dwells on an issue not discussed yet. It is quite true. I know quite a few Europhobes, but even more, Francophobes. I think that they are actually jealous!
Saturday 2 July 2011
Andrew M Brown is a writer with an interest in mental health and the influence of addiction on culture.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: What this case tells us about American Europhobia
Events in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case have taken a fascinating turn. According to the New York Times, the whole case could be on the point of collapse. “It is a mess, a mess on both sides,” one official has told the paper. No wonder. As the report goes on:
Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself. Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Crucially, it appears that the woman who claims she was attacked by Mr Strauss-Kahn, a 32-year-old Guinean, has lost credibility:
The woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.
That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.
These discoveries cast a new light on the treatment of Mr Strauss-Kahn – especially the way he was paraded in front of the cameras on that “perp walk”. The perp walk was devised, it is said, to demonstrate that no one, not even white collar criminals, can escape justice in New York.
But it was possible to detect another undercurrent in the hostility towards the former head of the IMF, and that’s a distinctly American strain of xenophobia. Actually, a better word might be “Europhobia” – a perception that the French in particular have a more primitive and aggressive approach to sexual relations. In this reading of events DSK became a predatory figure who’s not in control of his appetites. We were encouraged to think of him bursting out of the bathroom in his towelling robe, hairy-chested and rampaging, completely unable to stop himself from committing a horrendous sexual attack. It was as if he was more of an ape than a human being. Now the housemaid’s credibility seems to be crumbling, the Europhobes will need to revise that crude simplification of events.