Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the “Vaat?” defence

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, is on trial in France for some prostitution-related offence.

He says the prosecution has greatly exaggerated the number of sex parties he has attended in the past three years.

He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his “licentious evenings”. There had only been 12 in three years, he said.

I am reminded of a scene in the movie by Kate Blanchett about Elizabeth I of England. As a single woman she is being courted for dynastic reasons by the Kings of France and Spain. When Henri, duc d’Anjou and future King, shows up in England, he plays to every stereotype of the Frenchman as seen by the English: vain, fatuous, rude, and idle.



At some point in the proceedings, the King of France has failed to appear  for a state dinner and Elizabeth and her senior advisors go to the apartments of the future King of France to see what is happening with him.

They enter upon a scene of an orgy. Men and women and men and men are copulating, wooing, getting drunk, to the sound of musicians. The King of France is at the back of the apartment, dressed not merely as a woman but as Elizabeth herself. He is being fondled by a sinuous young man.

He stands up and looks at Elizabeth, highly annoyed, and shouts “Whaaat!??” pronounced  “Vaaat??”, as in “what is your point you stupid English bitch for disturbing me at my pleasures?”


I think Strauss-Kahn is mounting the “Vaat?!” defence. Good for him.


By the way, the Wikipedia article on Henry III of France, as he became, says that:

and when it became apparent that Henry would not produce an heir, the Wars of Religion grew into a succession crisis.

It seems the film understood which side of the fence Henry was on.

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