There is nothing I like better than to investigate a good old fashioned conspiracy theory. Even better for me, as I live right on the border with France, is a French one. As it is Bastille Day today, I thought it opportune. So unless you’ve been on a holiday on Mars in the last month or so, you’ll have heard about Dominique Strauss-Kahn or DSK as he is known in these parts, the ex chief of the International Monetary Fund or IMF.
Now ok, something happened in a hotel, and DSK found himself in deep trouble at the Harlem Police Station. Then we find out that the ‘lady’ in question may not be such a lady after all, and well blow me down, she’s got a boyfriend in jail and she has been making mega bucks in recent times while supposedly living the life of a pauper. Meanwhile, DSK has his passport confiscated, but not his $600.00 nightly dinners with his wife.
Then out of nowhere comes another young woman in France who has decided (after only nine years mind you) to get nasty with DSK over a little hanky-panky way back in 2002. Maybe it took her a while to find the address of the local gendarmerie, who knows. Anyway, DSK is fighting on two fronts now. And just to add to the lady count, his post at the IMF has been filled by Christine Lagarde who was the very popular Finance Minister in the French government until last week.
Until all this happened, DSK was an absolute shoo-in to win the upcoming Presidential election in France in 2012. Being as the current President, Nicolas Sarkozy is about as popular as a nose bleed, it was no surprise. But if DSK was out of the running, who would be the next possibility? What if I suggested Christine Lagarde?
Then I started thinking about the last election when candidate Sarkozy wasn’t really all that popular anyway. There was another possible candidate. Dominique de Villepin. But an odd thing happened. He suddenly found himself in court and became far too busy defending himself to have time to run for president. Oddly, Sarkozy was the civil plaintiff in the case. By the way, de Villepin was acquitted, but unfortunately a long time after the election.
Funny isn’t it? Nicolas Sarkozy gets lucky every time.