FROM THE CORRESPONDING PARIS On May 14, 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, director of the International Monetary Fund and big favorite in the 2012 French presidential election, is dropped off the Air France plane which is about to take him back from New York to Paris, then he is arrested and jailed accused of raping Nafissatou Diallo, a waitress at the Sofitel hotel. In the days of the judicial battle, which will end in a financial transaction, the world witnesses the demonstration of dignity and strength by Anne Sinclair, star of French journalism, who at the most serious moment stays next to her husband, paying him the apartment under house arrest and appearing at his side in court.
Ten years later, now divorced from Dominique Strauss-Kahn (aka DSK) and married to the historian Pierre Nora, Anne Sinclair speaks for the first time of the relationship she had with her ex-husband and the dramatic days that changed the history of France (at the Élysée and then Franois Hollande) and his life.
maybe it depended on him, but maybe also on me: I reproduced the pattern of addiction that bound me to my mother – Sinclair told the weekly It —. I was with him in terror of disagreement and in fear of disappointing him. Was I subjugated? I don’t know, in any case it was about submission and acceptance.
A surprising confidence, for a very successful woman with a strong personality like Anne Sinclair. Her grandfather Paul Rosenberg was the greatest art dealer of the 20th century, forced because of a Jew to flee to New York where she was born Anne Schwartz, in 1948, before being naturalized in France as Sinclair. As a child Picasso held her on his lap, as an adult Anne Sinclair was the star of quality French journalism, gathering in the Eighties and Nineties up to 12 million spectators every Sunday evening for the famous interviews with the protagonists of politics, including a young Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
A few days after the memoir was released in bookstores Pass compos (Grasset), Sinclair wants to clarify two important things about the events of 2011: Contrary to all that has been said, I didn’t want to go to the Elysée come first lady, and neither does he.
Then, I want you to understand that I knew nothing of my husband’s behavior. The year after the Sofitel scandal, the case of the Carlton hotel in Lille showed a Strauss-Kahn obsessed with sex and cheating on his wife. I didn’t know anything about it. I know it is very difficult to accept, and if others told me I would not believe it, yet so. DSK had a very strong power of persuasion, up to the Lille trial, when he was forced to tell the court about numerous libertine encounters with many girls who he did not know, so he claimed, were prostitutes. I understood that it was over, that was enough, the ex-wife now says.
Sinclair does not regret helping Strauss-Kahn in New York: You don’t drop a man when on the ground. I am only sorry that there has never been a fundamental clarification between us.
May 26, 2021 (change May 26, 2021 | 11:04 pm)
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