ethische non-monogamie / ethical non-monogamy

Why Anne Sinclair is standing by Dominique Strauss-Kahn [France]

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As the former IMF chief faces charges of violent sexual assault, the rumours about his sex life are swirling around the media. But one woman refuses to believe a word of it – his wife

Angelique Chrisafis

As Dominique Strauss-Kahn sat in a New York court for a bail hearing, accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid, the focus was on the stomach-churning allegations. One of the world’s most powerful men stood charged with locking his hotel suite, dragging an immigrant cleaner from room to room, grabbing and assaulting her, using brute strength to twice force her to give him oral sex, pinning her down and trying to rape her. But one subtle moment in his televised hearing captivated France. After he was granted bail, Strauss-Kahn raised his eyes to his wife sitting in the front row of the public seats, smiled and blew her a kiss. She, a feminist and former political journalist, pressed her lips to the palm of her hand and blew him a kiss back.

What intrigues France about the political rape scandal of the century is that behind it all there is a bizarre and gripping love story. Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair, once the most famous, brilliant and beautiful TV star in France, is still utterly in love with him, her friends say. Locked up in the notorious Rikers Island jail for four days after his arrest, the head of the International Monetary Fund and once the great hope to become Socialist president of France wrote that he loved his wife “more than anything”. She said she didn’t believe “for a single second” that her husband was guilty.


For now, Sinclair is seen as a kind of French Hillary Clinton – although this is more serious than the Monica Lewinsky saga, given the nature of the charges. One key difference is that she does not have political ambitions herself. Strauss-Kahn’s daughter Camille, 26, is subsequently portrayed as a French Chelsea Clinton. The PhD student at New York’s Columbia University reportedly had lunch with her father moments after the alleged attack, and could be called as a witness. She has closed her Twitter and Facebook accounts and is regularly seen coming and going at her father’s place of house-arrest.

Earlier this year, a poll for Paris Match found a majority of French people wanted Sinclair as first lady. She was twice as popular as Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni. In fact, the first lady’s pregnancy – which at any other time would have been the political soap opera of the year – has been eclipsed by the nation’s fascination for Sinclair.

The Guardian, 3 juni 2011


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juni 3, 2011 bij 1:37 pm

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