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French coverage of DSK scandal and Lawyers on internal governance issues

The comments thread is really interesting.

You can run it through an auto-translator; the gist comes through really well.

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/politique/la-descente-aux-enfers-de-dsk_993476.html

What I'm looking for is the full text of the Piroska Nagy letter. (She was the subordinate in the 2008 scandal.)

The excerpts are very clear on three points:

(1) She's fine with the severance and so forth of her departure. ("Les circonstances de mon départ et le montant de mon indemnité de licenciement sont un non-sujet"
(2) DSK abused his position/she felt coerced. ("Je pense que M. Strauss-Kahn a abusé de sa position dans sa façon de parvenir jusqu'à moi. Je vous ai expliqué en détail comment il m'a convoquée plusieurs fois pour en venir à me faire des suggestions inappropriées.")
(3) She said he wouldn't do well running an organization in which he had to work with women. ("Je crains que cet homme ait un problème pouvant le rendre peu adapté à la direction d'une institution où des femmes travaillent sous ses ordres.")

I _heard_ (on Bloomberg) that the reason the IMF said it was consensual and he got the "error in judgment" label was because Nagy declined to testify because she didn't trust the process, however I'd be a lot happier if I saw it written down somewhere so I could source it better because I may have misheard that.

[ETA: Here's the Bloomberg piece:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-20/strauss-kahn-imf-probe-aborted-in-2008-as-alleged-victim-wouldn-t-testify.html

Relevant quote: "“Because I did not fully trust the internal processes at the fund, I declined to cooperate with the fund’s initial investigation,” Nagy wrote on Oct. 20, 2008, just days before Smith concluded his investigation."

I think it's all the same letter, but I am not sure.

]

Here's one place I have found excerpts from the letter:

http://www.linternaute.com/actualite/politique/rumeurs-dsk/piroska-nagy-2.shtml (that's where the quotes in parentheses came from).

Some commenters at the L'Express (wow, that sounds weird in my head with the double article) article attack the Socialist Party for being willing to put DSK forward given all the problems they knew about.

In the L'Express article and in the comments thread associated with it are remarks about how puritanical the US may or may not be, and the desirability of similar standards being applied in France/to Frenchmen. Meanwhile, over here:

http://volokh.com/2011/05/16/dsk-international-organizations-and-internal-personnel-governance/

This is a discussion of some problems of internal governance of international organizations that are very disconnected from their surrounding communities thus making dating/marriage/reproduction outside the work-circle difficult-to-impossible. If you can't ban internal relationships, managing conflict that arises from them is necessary, and the idealism associated with international organizations tends not to produce the kind of process oriented people that would be good at managing that conflict even-handedly. I liked some of the insight into why this is a problem; I don't want anyone to think that I agree with the more detailed opinions of the author or other authors at that blog.
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