A New York judge has dismissed the criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. For the French, this may mean relief. And for everyone, it means more confusion.
Judge Michael Obus has dismissed the charges pending an appeal into his decision not to hire a special prosecutor — Nafissatou Diallo's lawyers have 30 days to appeal. According to the New York Daily News, many in France are psyched that DSK's legal rollercoaster is (mostly) over. Watchers of the case will recall that while some French opinionators rushed to Strauss-Kahn's defense immediately after his arrest, the case later brought increased attention to the problem of sexual harassment in France. Now the pendulum seems to be swinging back in the other direction. The Daily News quotes 28-year-old Parisian Juliette Assemekang: "It's good it's finished. It was ugly. It was a lot of noise for nothing." And Anne-Valerie Soler continues the tradition of speculating on the case based on no evidence: