• 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
  • Same old heads It’s bizarre for me to hear Americans are gearing up for yet another round of elections this November. It feels just like yesterday I was at Harry’s Bar celebrating Barack Obama’s presidential victory. Probably because it was yesterday. American political terms are short, I know that. But when compared with France’s, they’re internships. And however […] 2010-11-20