• Off with Their Perks! – How “Penelopegate” sentenced a leading French pol to prison and shook the country’s ruling elite On May 14, 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the I.M.F. and then considered the front-runner in the 2012 French presidential election, was arrested in New York City for sexual assault and attempted rape of a chambermaid at the Sofitel hotel in Midtown. At the time, the French public was shocked, not just by […] 2020-07-18
  • Letter to DSK In the summer of 2011, I was asked by GQ to write an open letter to DSK. We all know the story. He’d been arrested in May and cuffed and dumped in Rikers Island soon afterward. Upon release, he’d rented out a rich loft in SOHO to plan his defense. Throughout the summer, the case took on a roller […] 2011-08-12
  • DSK from the IMF just wasn’t VIP In light of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, everybody is taking polls nowadays.There are polls on who will now lead the Socialists, polls on whether people think DSK is guilty or whether it’s a setup; polls on whether the French press should pry more into the private lives of politicians. There’s even a poll gauging who’s […] 2011-05-20