50 Shades of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Andy McSmith

59 shades 300x225 50 Shades of Dominique Strauss KahnThe soaraway success of Fifty Shades of Grey has prompted  the disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to reflect on the inconsistencies of public opinion and taste in his native France. His career and political ambitions were destroyed in May 2011, when he was arrested after an encounter with a female member of staff at Manhattan’s Sofitel hotel – the charges were dropped. However, his wife has since divorced him.

The Daily Mail has pictures of him soaking up the sun in Mauritius with his new love. The French weekly, L’Express, reports that DSK has told a socialist deputy in France’s National Assembly that “il a regretté, amuse, l’hypocrisie morale des Français” which has been so condemning of his sexual antics while rushing to the bookshops to buy E.L.James’s “bluette érotico-pornographique.” (The word ‘bluette’ implies that he does not think the work deserves to be called a novel). The deputy, whom L’Express does not name, thinks his old friend has a point, because E.L.James’s book is “rien d’autre qu’un bouquin de cul” – which roughly translates as “nothing more than a book about arse”.

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  • Pat Powers

    There are probably differences between acceptable conduct for characters in a novel and for actual human beings in real life. Perhaps Mr. Strauss-Kahn does not understand this.

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