No one jumped to Dominque Strauss-Kahn's defense as quickly as his wife, the famous French journalist Anne Sinclair. When Strauss-Kahn was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, Sinclair jumped on a plane, reportedly with one million dollars ready for his bail. "I don't believe for one second the accusations made against my husband. I have no doubt that his innocence will be established," she has said.
As Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest at 71 Broadway, according to the latest reports from the New York Post and Daily News (and not the 15 Maiden Lane building reporters thronged on Friday evening), the media has been struggling to understand why Sinclair has not emerged as yet another (alleged) victim in this story. Here is a roundup of theories:
French women are just more forgiving. The New York Times posted a Room for Debate column that asked "Are French Women More Tolerant?" The piece referenced an infamous quote from 2006 by Sinclair about Strauss-Kahn's image as a great seducer: “I am quite proud! For a political man, it is important to seduce.” And when Strauss-Kahn admitted to having an affair in 2008 with an IMF employee, she shrugged it off on her blog and wrote: "We love each other like the very first day."