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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Linked To French Prostitution Ring

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Whether or not you believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City this spring (and I, personally, believe that he did), we can all agree the former head of the International Monetary Fund is a sleazy dude. Not long after he was accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, of forcing her to perform oral sex, a French journalist named Tristane Banon spoke out and said Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her back in 2003 when she came to interview him at a Paris apartment. Not too long after, the French newspaper Le Parisien reported that Air France had an unofficial policy of only allowing men to work in first class when Strauss-Kahn flew because he routinely sexually harassed their stewardesses, like the time he allegedly told one woman, “What a nice ass!” So I’m not too surprised to read on Slate.com that France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper claims the ex-IMF chief has allegedly been linked to a French prostitution ring. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sexual Assault Case Vs. DSK In France Dropped

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  • France dropped a sexual assault inquiry against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, over lack of evidence and statute of limitations. Tristane Banon, a writer, claimed Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her back in 2003, when she came to interview him at a Paris apartment building. In a statement, police said, “What came to light is that, while there is not enough evidence to pursue on a count of attempted rape, there are elements that can be qualified as sexual assault.” However, nothing will be pursued because the statute of limitations has passed. This alleged incident came to light after DSK was accused of forcing oral sex on a woman across the pond: In May, a New York City hotel maid accused DSK of sexually assaulting her when she came to clean his room. The criminal charges were later dropped by prosecutors when past lies made by the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, on her immigration/asylum paperwork were found to be untrue and she was deemed untrustworthy. He is still facing a civil lawsuit by Diallo in the Bronx, where she lives. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: French Women Say Au Revoir To “Mademoiselle”

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  • Parlez-vous feminism? French feminists are storming the Bastille (not really) over use of the honorific “mademoiselle,” which means “miss,” because they say it is demeaning to define women by their marital status. I wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the 1970s’ feminists who popularized use of the term “Ms.” as a general honorific for women. French feminists leading the protest are hoping “madame” will overtake “mademoiselle” as a counterpoint to “monsieur.” Good luck, ladies! I mean, women. Womyn? Wimmin? Just … good luck. [TIME]
  • Obligatory “What’s Your Number?” article about a woman’s number of sex partners. BREAKING NEWS: it doesn’t matter. [Vancouver Sun]
  • A seven-year-0ld girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire, an alien member of Teen Titans. (Thanks to reader Jim for the link!) [io9]

App Helps French Mothers Figure Out If Sons Are “Le Gay”

Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question “gay or European?” A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant … or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimics gay stereotypes like enjoying show tunes, dressing well, and eschewing sports. Somewhat more controversially, some questions assume it’s the parents’ “fault” a child is gay, like asking if he had an absent father or the mother was authoritarian growing up. If the questionnaire assesses mama‘s crisply dressed, show-tune loving frog is gay, it tells her to “accept it.” But if he’s just a little, uh, European, the questionnaire reads, “You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay. So you have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings.” How sensitive. [RFI.fr via The Awl] Keep reading »

Lingerie For Little Girls? Yep, A French Company Went There

Forget about candy-colored bra and panty sets from Target; there’s ickier underwear for little girls afoot. It’s lingerie, to be exact, although the French line Jours Aprés Lunes calls it “loungerie,” because it is for lounging around instead of, uh, looking sexy prior to f**king . Why, praytell, would girls ages four through 12 want to wear lingerie? To look like mommy, of course. This shouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as little girls are painting their nails, and getting facials and spray tans just like “big girls” these days. Companies will introduce “new” adult products to little girls any way they can as a way to make more money. Keep reading »

France’s STD PSAs Are Way Better Than Ours

 

See, this proves everything is better in France! American ads about STD prevention are, like, “Have unprotected sex and your penis will turn black and fall off.” France is at least kind enough to show us sexy Frenchies in their panties skipping through a field.

Watch out, mes amies. Those chlamydia, HIV, and gonorrhea viruses look nasty. [Ad Week] Keep reading »

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns From IMF & May Be Replaced By A Woman, Christine Lagarde

After being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City this weekend, Dominique Strass-Kahn, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, resigned from his position on Wednesday. Strauss-Kahn was charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. He was denied the $1 million bail posted by his wife on Monday and is currently imprisoned at NYC’s Rikers Island. The formal letter of resignation he submitted last night denied all the charges against him:

“To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me. I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially—especially—I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.

According to The New York Times, the frontrunner to replace Strauss-Kahn at the IMF is a woman: Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister. If Lagarde were to be appointed, she would be the first-ever woman to hold the top position. Keep reading »

8 Things To Know About The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sexual Assault Scandal

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This weekend, police apprehended International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on an airplane moments before takeoff over accusations that he sexually assaulted a New York City hotel maid earlier that day. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, is now the center of what the London Guardian is calling “France’s Monica Lewinsky moment” — as well as the same-old, same-old s**tshow that happens anytime a powerful and famous man is accused of sexual assault or rape.

Let’s familiarize ourselves with what’s going on, shall we? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Head Of The IMF, Arrested For Attempted Rape

  • This weekend, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was arrested in New York, minutes before his flight to France took off, for the alleged attempted rape of a hotel maid. The bigwhig in French politics allegedly sexually abused a 32-year-old maid who came into his room at the Sofitel hotel in NYC to clean; he allegedly attempted to rape her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He has been charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied a $1 million bail. The lawyer for French journalist Tristane Banon also announced her intention to file sexual assault charges against Dominique dating back to an incident in 2002. [Guardian UK]
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Carla Bruni Pregnant With Twins, Magazine Claims

Carla Bruni is pregnant with twins, according to French magazine Voici. The 43-year-old singer/actress/model/French First Lady already has a nine-year-old son, Aurelian, from another relationship. Carla is allegedly due to have her first child/children by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in October. But Carla is being mum about any potential pregnancy. When asked in an interview on Monday if she is pregnant, the Telegraph claims Carla said:

“If you’ll allow me, I’d rather not answer these questions about my family. I’d love to talk to you woman to woman about my family life, my personal dreams – and I’m really a very chatty person. But on this subject, I’m going to keep quiet. Not through arrogance or because I like keeping secrets. I am remaining tight-lipped about that to protect something. I would really like to to talk about it, but then it would take over everything else. And besides, it also involves people, so I’m not answering.”

Sounds like a non-confirmation confirmation to me! Another magazine, VSD, claims a senior aide to President Sarkozy also confirmed her pregnancy in off-the-record remarks. Sarkozy’s communications officer refused to comment, saying “That is a subject that is none of my business.” I guess we’ll have to wait un petit peu longer for an official confirmation about a trés trés chic bébé.

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