Had I been sitting around that same breakfast table, but in the United States, I think I would of heard, "He can't keep it in his pants!" or "He needs to resign from the IMF..." or "Typical Frenchman..."
Many people around me here in Paris are appalled by all the pictures being shown of DSK in handcuffs, being treated like an already convicted criminal. (In France, it is illegal to show such pictures when someone is arrested because it presumes guilt). In the US, when we hear that a politicians possibly commited a sexually subversive act, we are immediately appalled and their career is over quickly. In France, an affair or even a politician who openly writes that he frequents very young prostitutes in Thailand, is either not a big deal because it is the politician's personal life, or the politician is punished, but he eventually makes a return to the political realm. Basically, the overall sentiment in the press, and my circle of friends, seems to be one of sympathy, shock, and belief that the American legal system is incredibly flawed and presumes guilt before innocence rather than the other way around. But they are waiting to see what happens.
You can't believe how many times I have had to explain the concept of bail, a grand jury, and indictment.
I leave you with some funny cartoons that got passed around at the office.
|I've come to clean the room!...|
|How it really happened...|