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Why do so many French women accept sexism?

If you want to understand French women's sympathy for DSK, suggests Lucy Wadham, just watch Madmen

By Lucy Wadham  

Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Picture: IMF

Why is it that so many French women—and not just powerful women in politics and the media—are seeing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the victim in his case of alleged sexual assault? Listening yesterday morning to the French equivalent of BBC Radio 4 (France Inter) brought it home to me: France is one of the last great patriarchies. I could hardly believe my ears.

There, in the recording studio, a female journalist called Pascale Clark sat tittering at…

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