On Dominique Strauss-Kahn & French class consciousness

B. Daniel Blatt
Gay Patriot

…One of my fellow teachers, an American woman who had lived in France far longer than I had, explained that French professionals and intellectuals treat workers with disdain, seeing the class difference as a barrier to interaction. The attitudes of the French aristocrats which precipitated the Revolution of 1789 persist today among the educated élite…

…I read this post yesterday on Instapundit about why Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the recently resigned managing director of the International Monetary Fund, thought he could have his way with a hotel maid:

”If I try transposing the situation in New York on Sunday to France, I just can’t do it. . . . Not only because the woman is black and apparently an immigrant. But also because she’s a housekeeper. Perhaps even more than her race, her station in society would probably prevent authorities [in France] from taking her accusations against a rich and powerful man seriously.”

In France, class is a defining aspect of who you are…

Read this entire article at GayPatriot.

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