Pour la présidente du Parti chrétien-démocrate: "Je pense que vraisemblablement on a tendu un piège à Dominique Strauss-Kahn et qu'il y est tombé. C'est une véritable bombe politique pour la politique intérieure mais aussi sur le plan international. Il peut y avoir beaucoup beaucoup d'origines à ce piège."Boutin is certainly not alone among the French public, however. Many people on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere have raised the specter of la barbouzerie: the claim is that DSK was targeted and set up by parties unknown. Some commenters on this blog have dismissed this theory out of hand, while others argue that even if he was entrapped, he "willingly" fell into the trap. I think everyone had better slow down and wait to see what defense DSK puts forward and what evidence actually exists. It is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility--I say again, possibility, not plausibility--that a person was hired to encounter DSK in some manner and then claim to have been attacked. Given his past history, the mere allegation would be enough to end his political career--and so it has. I know that it's quite politically incorrect even to hint at such a possibility, but it IS a possibility. As for plausibility, the alleged facts are also rather implausible on their face: How was the alleged oral sex coerced? Without a weapon? What is the supposed DNA evidence? From the sketchy details thus far released, it is not clear that the woman is claiming that ejaculation took place.
Et d'ajouter: "Ça peut venir du FMI, ça peut venir de la droite française, ça peut venir de la gauche française. Mais si c'est le cas, jouer avec l'image de la France comme cela n'est pas acceptable. Pour M. Strauss-Kahn, son avenir présidentiel est très compromis mais ceci n'est rien par rapport à l'image de la France qui est fortement abîmée aujourd'hui car naturellement il y aura des conséquences internationales."
So let's all be calm and adult and wait for the DA to present his case and the defense to tell its side of the story. Of course, this could take months, so the political damage is done. But I really find most of the comments on this case thus far on the edge of hysterical--understandable, given the shocking nature of the allegations, but really quite unnecessary. I applaud the NYPD for doing its job despite the importance of the target. Now let's let the justice system do its job before we conclude that we know to a moral certainty what actually happened.
(As for the issue of flight, raised by one commenter and disputed by another, DSK was scheduled to meet today with Angela Merkel, so he surely had a flight booked. Whether it was the Air France flight he actually boarded has not yet emerged.)
And for those who REALLY like conspiracy theories, there's this.