A journalist/novelist in France, Tristane Banon says even her mother pressured her not to press charges against DSK for something similar that happened in 2002.
DSK was expected to run successfully for President of France and their registration/campaign/election timeline is drastically compressed compared to ours. This is extremely disruptive to the political process in France, far more so than the John Edwards scandal, which is the most similar recent event in the US.
The above is my summary of the coverage I've been cackling over for the last dayish. Here's the commentary bit: a _maid_ got taken _seriously_! For accusing a powerful man staying in a $3000/night hotel room! There are signs of _light_ in this country.
Here's a summary of what they're hearing in France:
DSK says he was at lunch with his daughter and the timeline doesn't work out.