#rsrh What, is assaulting maids is a HOBBY…

…for French officials? From this story about a guy abruptly quitting over sexual harassment charges:

A statement by the prime minister said Civil Service Minister Georges Tron had acted “in the general interest”, and noted he denied the allegations.

His resignation comes in the wake of the US arrest of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn earlier this month.

He is charged with sexually assaulting a chamber maid in a New York hotel.

Yes, yes, I know, that’s just the BBC being a bit vague with the pronouns.  But hell, that’s a scandal right there.  When you’re a conservative, you’re supposed to be alarmed at the Beeb’s opinions.  Not its grammar.

Ach, well, [insert pithy and world-weary statement here].

Moe Lane


  • Jeff Weimer says:

    I am Tron, I fight for the….er, to be a user!

  • Ric Locke says:

    Not a hobby, Moe. It’s a perquisite of office, or “perk” in colloquial shorthand.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Ya know, long ago I was told that the whole “droit de seigneur” tale was just that — a tall tale, possibly something the British made up to make the French look even worse. But then this happens, and I wonder — the way they’re reacting to DSK makes me wonder if it’s not really part of the French culture to assume that powerful men have the “right” to any woman he wants.

  • qixlqatl says:

    @ Rob Crawford: That type of culture assumes not only the powerful man’s “right” to whatever woman he wants, but that she will be **flattered** by his biological attention….

  • BigGator5 says:

    LOL @ Jeff Weimer: You noticed that too?!

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