Saturday, February 25, 2012

Eiffel Awful About All This

Just the other day we were talking about that movie "Arthur" in which there is a scene where Arthur (Dudley Moore) takes a woman to a fine restaurant and she reminds him of her profession, to which he sputters, "You're a hooker! Jesus, I forgot! I just thought I was doing great with you!"

The French version of Arthur, although much older and bearing more of a resemblance to an aged Armand Assante, is that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, one time head of the AMF  I mean IMF, who got into trouble in a New York hotel and also seems indisposed to behaving himself in the finer Parisian hotels.

(I will admit, the one and only reason I would ever want to go to Paris would be to ask them, "How is it, how you say, 'shower' in French?" and then giggle when they answer.)

DSK, as he is known in sunny France, is under questioning in sunny France for involvement in parties held in rooms full of naked women. It seems logical to assume that some of the women were paid to attend the parties, although the vast personal magnetism of Monsieur Strauss-Kahn, pictured here, must be regarded as another reason for the large turnout of jeunes filles.

According to the Washington POST, several prostitutes who have already been questioned said they had sex with DSK at a restaurant in Paris as well as hotels in the French capital and in Washington D.C, the Associated Press reported. Strauss-Kahn has denied any knowledge that the women were prostitutes, although he has admitted to attending “sex parties” in several cities across the world.

“He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you’re not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman,” his lawyer Henri Leclerc told French radio Europe 1 in December.

This was dubbed“The Carlton Affair” by French media after the hotel where several meetings allegedly took place.  Police are investigating whether prostitutes were paid corporate funds from a French construction company to entertain guests at sex parties around the world.

While consorting with prostitutes is legal in France, supplying them to others is not, nor is the misuse of company funds.

So remember this excuse - "Just because she was naked in a hotel room, how was I to know she was a prostitute?" - if you're ever jammed up.

A random check of 100 random wives showed a strong disinclination to believe that story. In fact, an even 100 of them said they wouldn't fall for it, and 87 of them were already on the phone to their attorney - the firm of Bicker, Back & Forth.

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