The News Matrix: Saturday 27 July 2013

Kent town surprised to host 'massacre'

Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin at a press conference on Tuesday

Anthony Weiner scandal: New York mayoral hopeful's wife stands by her man – even though he's a 'sext' addict

Former Congressman refuses to abandon his run for New York mayor despite fresh sex scandal

Gerard Depardieu
Now a Russian national he says Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

Forget Russia’s problems – it’s France that’s almost Bolshevik, says Gérard Depardieu

Actor claims he’s no tax exile – and that Russian President Vladimir Putin likes his ‘hooligan side’

French prosecutors want to drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors in northern France want to abandon the final outstanding legal action against the disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

David Mamet's 'Race' at the Hampstead Theatre

Theatre review: Race, Hampstead Theatre, London

Sitting awkwardly at the centre of David Mamet’s eighty-minute play about race called Race is a four-letter word about sex.

The actor Gerard Depardieu who failed to turn up to a court date on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu fails to show up for Paris court appearance on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu again couldn't make it to trial to face drunken driving charges, but a lawyer for the combative French actor wrested yet another court date today.

Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne arrive at Southwark Crown Court for sentencing

What makes Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce so compelling is that we all live on the brink of disaster

A leading criminal lawyer reflects on why people slide into criminality

Christine Lagarde is being investigated for alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, is investigated over compensation paid to tycoon

French anti-fraud police have raided the home of a former close associate of the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as part of an investigation into alleged abuse of public office and “embezzlement” when she was French Finance Minister in 2008.

In France of all places, the slurs against Rachida Dati shows men at their most hypocritical

The former Justice Minister has been victim to a prolonged and sinister campaign of implied abuse because of her love life. Why did ever expect better of French men?

Dear Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, feminism is as relevant as ever in France, what a shame you haven't noticed

There are protests over rape sentencing, a new Ministry for Women's Rights and the Manifesto of the 313 recently launched, yet Carla's Marie-Antionette syndrome persists

Rape anonymity and the myth of false accusations

Naomi Wolf’s attacks on the principle of anonymity for rape victims have come at a very ironic time: in the age of the internet, the principle is already becoming a theoretical one in practice anyway.

Sex harassment law to be fast-tracked

The French parliament will push through emergency legislation to protect women from sexual harassment this week – just days after a female minister was subjected to cat-calls by right wing members for wearing a summer dress.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the IMF, was supported by his his wife, Anne Sinclair, when he faced charges of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York last year. The charges were dismissed by a Supreme Court judge in New York City

Mrs Strauss-Kahn finally walks out (what could he have done this time?)

After months of loyal support in the face of vice allegations, the wife of the former IMF boss has had enough

Francois Hollande waves from the balcony of the Socialist Party headquarters today

Fact File: Francois Hollande

It was an accident of fate – or perhaps libido – which brought Francois Hollande to the forefront of European politics.

Leading article: As France goes, so will go Europe

After months of skirmishing, the French presidential candidates are finally under starter's orders and the real contest can begin. That the campaign seems to have been going on forever, though, should not be allowed to obscure the significance that the outcome will have, not just for France, but for Europe and for Britain.

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