En mars, Dominique Strauss-Kahn a donné rendez-vous au Pavillon de la Reine, place des Vosges à Paris, à Alain Bauer.All of this makes one wonder how DSK could ever have thought of running for president (he knew what they had on him) and how he could have behaved so recklessly even knowing what was bound to come out in the campaign. It's all quite revealing about the mores of la classe politique. Sarkozy knew, the PS knew, journalists knew, policemen knew, everyone who was anyone apparently knew that DSK was, in Sarkozy's words, "un obsédé sexuel." And yet the president pushed him for the IMF job, the PS would have nominated him as its candidate, and ... well, the possibilities are too grotesque to contemplate: un Parc aux cerfs moderne à l'Elysée among them. Perhaps the French could use some of that puritanism they're always mistakenly seeing in Americans.
Il est un intime de trente ans de Stéphane Fouks, le patron d'Euro RSCG. Il a participé, en 2007, à la réunion organisée par l'agence autour de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, avant son départ au Fonds monétaire international (FMI). Puis aux réunions de crise, en 2008, après sa liaison avec l'économiste hongroise, Piroska Nagy.
Alain Bauer est aussi devenu le "Monsieur Sécurité" très écouté du président de la République. Qu'importe. C'est lui que DSK veut interroger sur la fiabilité de son téléphone. "On me dit que les Blackberry ne sont pas sûrs ?" "Pas fiables du tout !, lui confirme Alain Bauer. Si tu veux être en sécurité, tu dois mettre une puce cryptée ici", explique-t-il en retournant le téléphone du patron du FMI, qui écoute et remercie.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Sarkozy, the Police, and DSK
What did Sarkozy know about DSK's sexual habits? More than I did, no doubt, but even I had heard rumors before the arrest about clubs échangistes, soirées libertines, compromising photos, etc. And it seems that quite a few Socialists--including some, like the mayor of Sarcelles François Pupponi, who protested that the "Dominique" they knew could never have been involved in anything as sordid as the Sofitel affair--knew that the police knew, because Julien Dray had met with Bernard Squarcini, the head of les Renseignements Intérieurs, who had explicitly told him, and Dray allegedly informed Pupponi. And the omnipresent publicity consultancy Euro RSCG, now advising Hollande, seems to have been a key player in the contacts between DSK and Sarkozy's "Mr. Security," Alain Bauer (who eventually relayed the news of DSK's arrest from the Sofitel security chief to Sarkozy):