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    Only six months ago, Dominique Strauss Kahn was riding high in the polls and tipped as the man who would sail to the Elysée Palace.

    He was a well-known womaniser and sex-pest, but the French had the tendency to laugh off such “peccadillos”, assuming, as many do, that a high sex drive is commensurate with high intellect. Indeed, few doubted his capacity.

    Everybody knows what happened. He was accused of rape in a New York hotel, taken into custody, but released in the end, on questionable grounds. In France a young writer Isabelle Banon accused him of attempted rape whilst she was interviewing him, and probably worse was his implication in a sordid affair where his friends and colleagues were accused of consorting with paid prostitutes on a regular basis; as he sometimes arranged these trysts, he was obviously described as a "proxénète" or pimp.

    He claims that he has been set up, and hints at a plot organised by the anti-semitic French Secret Service at the behest of the outgoing Sarkozy. He had many enemies. It is even suggested that as a Jew he was targeted by powerful faceless men, angered by his frequent assertions to the effect that every morning when he got up, foremost in his mind was what he could do the day to advance the cause of ... no, not France, but Israel!

    He would probably have been an efficient president, but shouldn’t a president be an example to his/ her countrymen?

    Tempting fate, I salute François Hollande the new Président de la République.
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