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Strauss-Kahn Case Curbs Libertine Ways of France’s Powerful

The sexual escapades of powerful men in France have always been met with Gallic shrugs. Not anymore.

The arrest in New York of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of attempted rape is forcing men to watch what they say and emboldening women to challenge the modern-day version of France’s “droit de cuissage,” a feudal practice giving masters the right to have sex with female servants. It’s prompting introspection in the media over whether its laissez-faire attitude toward private lives of those in power helps them act with impunity.