French Police Question DSK Over Allegations of Rape of Writer


On Monday morning, French police questioned Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and a former finance minister and Socialist presidential candidate in France, about allegations of sexual assault of a French novelist and journalist, Tristane Banon. The questioning was part of a preliminary inquiry of Strauss-Kahn over allegations that, in 2003, he assaulted and attempted to rape Banon when she went to interview him.

Strauss-Kahn had returned to France on September 4, after charges that he had sexually assaulted and raped Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the New York Sofitel hotel, were dropped after questions arose about her credibility. Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had revealed that Diallo lied to immigration officials on her asylum application. Diallo is now filing a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn.

Banon, who is now 32 and the goddaughter of Strauss-Kahn’s former second wife, says that the politician acted like a “rutting chimpanzee” towards her at the 2003 interview. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have labeled her accusations as “fantasy,” says the Guardian.

In a message on Facebook written on Saturday, September 10, Banon described herself as full of “nausea” since Strauss-Kahn’s return:

J’entends les gens me dire leur écoeurement, j’avale leur soutien pour tenir debout et pourtant c’est moi qui baisse la tête et longe les murs quand d’autres sourient aux caméras.”

["I hear people tell me their disgust, I swallow their support to hold myself up and yet it is I who lower my head and stand along the walls when others smile at the cameras."]

“Je ne peux pas croire que mon pays accueille en héros un homme qui n’a pas été blanchi.”

["I cannot believe that my country welcomes as a hero a man who has not been exonerated."]

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the leftist party Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) held a “rally against rape” on Sunday afternoon in the Place des Vosges in Paris, where Strauss-Kahn lives. The group issued a statement on Saturday:

“Nous exigeons que tous les hommes accusés de viols et d’agressions soient jugés avec le sérieux que ces crimes requièrent et que leurs victimes soient reconnues en tant que telles.

["We demand that all men accused of rape and assault be judged with the seriousness that these crimes require and that their victims be recognized as such."]

French prosecutors have a month to decide whether to investigate Strauss-Kahn, whose lawyers have said that he wishes to “close the [Banon] affair.”

I can only commend Tristane Banon for speaking up about Strauss-Kahn and about her feelings of revulsion upon his return. Will France dare to bring Strauss-Kahn to justice for his crimes against women?


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Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

This man apparently represents many men maybe especially of wealth and power.They seem to feel that EVERYONE can be bought at SOME PRICE. The code words in this story are [he] "Wishes to close the (Banon ) affair ".The MAN has apparently been forcing himself on women for years. Can you really believe the hotel maid used her room key WHICH PUNCHES A TIME CLOCK to enter his room,find him naked,OLD and fat and instantly agreed to give him such great oral sex that stuff ended up on the wall? Me neither! I'd like to see FRANCE finally put a stop to him!

Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

I hope that justice will be served.

Aruna B.
Aruna Baker6 years ago

The comments from French women are very intelligent. Maybe French men need to rape them to keep them down. I heard that even in the Green Party a man said it's better to violate a woman than the French Consitution. Liberty, Fraternity, Equality ------- should that be translated as Liars, Hypocrits and Criminals, or is the French Language too beautiful for that? Salaam.....

Monique Allan
Monique A6 years ago

It is to be hoped that Ms Diallo will recieve the sort of justice which will prove more useful to her than a nominal jail sentence for DSK (disgusting, slimy, kreep) namely many millions of dollars

Lilithe Magdalene

I applaud these women for coming out, speaking the truth and pursuing the justice they deserve, should DSK be truly guilty (which I feel certain he is, but deserves a fair trial nonetheless).

Dominic C.
Dominic C6 years ago

We will see whether there is justice in the French justice system or another "bourgeoisie" system for the rich.

Chaplain Beauchamp
Rev.Marc B6 years ago

Karma, Patience dear friends- We all reap what we sow. How horrible to wake up in hell ---how horrible to wake up in hell where the fire never stops and “their worm dieth not”.
There is A Christ who spoke the truth, His Name is Jesus, call on Him to balance the scales now.

Dorothy Dore
Dorothy Dore6 years ago


Pinke A.
Pinke A6 years ago

In this dirty business,the old saying:where's the smoke,there's the more right! If he should have been in this situation only once...well maybe we could trust him,just maybe.But this wasn't the case.There have other women,coming in public with their name and face to tell the same about him. I do not believe coincidences!

Jan N.
Jan N6 years ago

I can imagine that line of questioning: "Dude! How do you score all these women?"