Dominique Strauss-Kahn: What This Case Tells Us About American Europhobia

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

Website of the Telegraph Media Group with breaking news, sport, business, latest UK and world news. Content from the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers and video from Telegraph TV.

Andrew M Brown

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

By Andrew M Brown World Last updated: July 1st, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn on his 'perp walk' (Photo: Reuters)Dominique Strauss-Kahn on his ‘perp walk’ (Photo: Reuters)

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.


About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Dominique Strauss-Kahn: What This Case Tells Us About American Europhobia

  1. John Brett Parrish says:

    Man was tried and determined guilty by the press, which adores news which it–the press–can construe as bad news. I am not a mass psychologist and I am therefore unable to determine whether the majority of the citizens of the U.S. are Europhobes. But I am a reader of the news and agree that the majority of the newspapers and periodicals are Europhobic.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s