I realize that many people around the world believe that many Frenchmen are somewhat hypocritical by their defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s assault on a maid. It is well known the former head of the IMF was a notorious groper of women, assaulted women and French society laughed it off as, “just DSK fooling around.” In other words, if you are famous, have gobs of money and are a powerful figure on the French intellectual scene, you have a free pass to humiliate and insult women. And, as far as DSK was concerned, he didn’t care if you were well educated, had an important job, as long as your breasts were attractive, let his hands roam.
A recent case involving a man born in Algeria who is of the Muslim faith reveals French hypocrisy. He married a woman who was a citizen of France, they lived together for four years and he became eligible to become a French citizen. However, when interviewed at the police station, the man revealed the “wrong attitude” towards women. According to the police, “his behavior showed a lack of assimilation into the French community… notably in respect to the values of equality of men and women. This justifies the decision for not giving him French nationality.”
So, is the French government arguing the behavior of DSK represents what is expected from someone of “French nationality?”