Morals in Politics: What if French DSK had been Norwegian?

A post comparing morals in politics in France and Norway, by a French woman in Norway! A very interesting read.

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Illustration: Ole Johnny Hansen for afroginthefjord.com. All rights reserved Illustration: Ole Johnny Hansen for afroginthefjord.com. All rights reserved

Do you remember Dominique Strauss Kahn? Or DSK like we call him in France? He was a high profile French politician, once the Head of the International Monetary Fund, French Ministry of Finance, and one press release away from becoming a serious candidate to become France’s President in 2012.

He was basically one of the most powerful men in the world, until this day of May 2011 when he was taken on a “perp walk” in New York City, handcuffed, his eyes blitzed away by hundreds of journalists witnessing a fall like we only see in Hollywood movies. That year DSK was accused of attempted rape and sexual assault by a room cleaner in the Sofitel hotel he was occupying, Nafissatou Diallo. The Sofitel trial was reported on international media, and ended with a settlement where DSK gave 1,5 million dollars to Diallo

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6 thoughts on “Morals in Politics: What if French DSK had been Norwegian?

  1. Thank you for reblogging this interesting post. I was surprised that the author of the article failed to mention the fact that in Norway it is illegal to pay for sex so anyone convicted of doing so (whether a politician or otherwise) is liable to imprisonment and/or a fine. I know that Norway followed the Swedish example in imposing this ban. There is some interest in the so-called Nordic Model of prostitution reform here in the UK, however there are big splits within all the political parties and within feminism itself regarding whether such a prohibition is workable or the correct thing to do. Do you have a view on how the Norwegian ban works Maja? Kevin

    • masgautsen says:

      I don’t know how well it works, some say it does others say it doesn’t. The argument against the ban was that the prostitutes would be forced “underground” and this would perhaps make life worse and more dangerous for them. But I don’t know if this is the case. There is still a debate if it is the right thing to do to criminalise those who buy sex. They seem to get away with a fine for the most part. But you’ll always have those who feels the ban is to strict and those who thinks you should go further, saying that making it illegal to buy, but not to sell is quite pointless.
      You do get the odd story in the papers where clients has called the police to complained about the service they bought and getting a fine.

      • Thanks for your reply. This is, obviously a serious subject. However this part of your comment made me laugh, “You do get the odd story in the papers where clients has called the police to complained about the service they bought and getting a fine”. Human stupidity never ceases to amaze me. Are the people complaining to the police not aware they have broken the law and will be punished … As I said above, human stupidity never ceases to amaze me!

      • masgautsen says:

        It never ceases to amaze me to. I hope the people in question was under strong influence of alcohol when they called in. I can see no other reason…

      • Maybe they had enjoyed one or two drinks to many as you suggest! Thanks for making me smile. Kevin

      • masgautsen says:

        Always happy to!

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