Epistemic Closure among French Socialists

by Erik Voeten on May 19, 2011 · 5 comments

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According to a poll, 57% of the French public and 70% of French Socialists believe that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was the victim of a set-up (I couldn’t find a gender split on the numbers). The French have an admirably long history of political intrigue. Yet, it seems a bit rich for Socialists to overwhelmingly take the side of the wealthy powerful politician with a history of sexual abuse allegations against what appear to be quite credible allegations of a poor Guinean refugee. Our new favorite magazine has some theories as to why so many Frenchmen think DSK was framed. (h/t KM).

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Kevin S. May 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

This is really interesting, since “Le Monde,” the biggest left-wing newspaper in France, seems to be pushing back against these kinds of conspiracy theories. At least, the stuff that’s getting translated into English at Worldcrunch trends that way.

Adam May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

interesting…. I wonder what percent of the French public also believes that Obama was born outside of the U.S. or the Bush II was behind 9/11.

Adam May 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

a quick correction… I meant to type “or that Bush II” rather than “or the Bush II.”

Harvey Feigenbaum May 24, 2011 at 4:22 am

The French belief in a plot against DSK is more a reflection of their utter distrust in Sarkozy and his henchmen, rather than an endorsement of DSK’s assumed innocense.

MarkB May 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

@Harvey Feigenbaum

So you suspect that this conspiracy theory has a particular justification, and would not exist if not for Sarkozy? As if the French are not attracted to conspiracy theories in general? There is a difference between dislike of a politician and accusing him of setting up a rape charge against a rival.

Let’s see – does DSK have a history of pushing limits with women, or does Sarkozy have a history of getting and retaining power by setting up rivals for hard time in prison?

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