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…France is steamed!  

The recent arrest in New York Sunday of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on attempted rape charges is being viewed differently on the two sides of the Atlantic.

The American public is all UP in arms about it.

The French public is all UP in arms about it.

Wait a minute, that sounds the same.

But, they are UP in arms about it for differnent reasons.

We’re UPset because we take rape charges seriously in the US.

The French are UPset because they think A. We are over-reacting, and B. He’s been set UP.

According to an opinion poll published Tuesday, 57% of French citizens believe that Strauss-Kahn, 62, a former French finance minister who had been presumed frontrunner in France’s 2012 presidential elections, was the victim of a setUP.

The French are miffed that in America, “the accuser’s name and face were hidden from public view”…hey, Jaques, we try the rapist, not the raped!

So, with this miffedness in mind, they did some digging. 

The Paris Match magazine, has identified the Guinean-born U.S. immigrant maid and widowed mother, 32, who has accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to illegally detain and rape her.  French reporters also interviewed sources on the question of the woman’s relative attractiveness.

OK, rape doesn’t just happen to pretty people.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers “apparently declared they were surprised to discover “her face was ‘not very seductive,” when they saw her at the lineup where she formally identified the head of the International Monetary Fund as her attacker,” Paris Match reported, according to Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey.

But the French tabloid France-Soir interviewed a limo driver who works with the hotel, saying the housekeeper “was a very pretty woman in her thirties, with big breasts and a beautiful rear.'”

I guess beauty is in the eye of the rapist beholder.

Anyhoo!  Defense lawyers have hinted that the defense may be that any sexual contact they had…if any…was consensual.  So time will tell what an American jury thinks.  And since there’s no diplomatic immunity in this case, unless a miracle happens, this will probably go to trial.

So, why are the French all steamed?

Well, they forgive their politicans far faster than we do here in the states.  And they really like this guy, they really really like him!

And they are suspicious of U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.  He said Tuesday, “Strauss-Kahn is obviously not in a position to run the IMF.”  Geithner also “urged” that an interim managing director be named for the organization as well.

I’m sure if Geithner had said nothing, WE would have been UPset.  But since he came out on the side against Strauss-Kahn, the French are UPset.

All I know is, if Port Wine cheese prices go UP, I’ll be steamed!

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