An American observer comments on French politics.
Also: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/29/showbiz/cruise-holmes-split/index.html
Art, If the NYT says DSK and Anne Sinclair have split, it's true. What a shock. According to Closer, the French tabloid, she threw him out last month, and he is living with friends after camping out at Le Lutetia for a month. I guess DSK will have to "face the music" alone (an expression from the French military) when he meets Ms Diallo in the Bronx. I hope Anne has an airtight pre-nup. It sounds like DSK is broke and shunned. According to the article he is "in very bad shape". About les Strauss-Kahn's lawsuit against Closer. It is not for libel, but "atteinte sur la vie privée"- invasion of privacy. I don't know much about French law on this, but I do know Princesse Caroline of Monaco has made a cottage industry out of suing Paris Match and Point de Vue. There is no such equivalent in Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence, where public figures have little protection. They can, of course sue if the story can be proven false, as truth is the only real defense against libel. This story seems confirmed and true. One hope they will just go away and leave us in peace. But someone will probable turn it into a made for TV movie.
The NYT confirms it? I haven't seen it. And I associate that newspaper mainly with screams of "Iraq is shock full of WMDs!!!", as well as "reporting from France" which is more about US expats in Paris than real French news.I suppose Ms Sinclair has finally realised that she won't ever be what our cousins across the pond call our "first lady", that's all this piece of non-news means if confirmed. Let's leave them alone.Mélanie
Doesn’t seem to have been confirmed by HuffPo France either, for whatever that’s worth.
@Melanie The NYT has had ten years of headlines since those you cite. Although I don't much care for their political slant, (that's what the editorial page is for) the NYT is my hometown paper and their coverage is excellent. The DSK/Anne Sinclair split story was also covered the NY Post and the Daily News. As for the designation "Premiere Dame" or First Lady, that is how Mrs Trierweiler's staff and French newspapers, magazines and news reports refer to her. Extremely pompous, and quite bizarre IMO, they aren't even married. My feeling is we will fortunately be hearing and seeing a lot less of the Tweeter. There is long historical precedent to the use of the term in the US for the wife of the President. The term "First Lady" originated in the United States in 1849, when US President Zachary Taylor called Dolley Madison, widow of President James Madison, "First Lady" at her state funeral, while delivering the eulogy he had written himself. As to les Strauss-Kahn, it is they who havebinflucted themselves upon us. But they can't go away yet. DSK still has a court date in the Bronx with Ms Diallo, unless his wife comes up with the cash for a settlement, and the legal trouble in Lille is still active.
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