International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, bon viveur, chaud lapin and real gentleman, used an unprecedented, not at all ‘comme il faut‘ language to describe what he thinks of The Greek people. “Greeks are steeped in shit” he said during a documentary about his life filmed by French channel Canal Plus. Mr IMF chose unacceptable, abusive and offensive descriptions to express his views about the Greek economic realities and the circumstances under which the greater part of Greek people live.
The man who wants to be a King – ops, sorry! – President of the French Republic, said among others that “Tax evasion is a national sport” and continued:
“The Greeks feel that they have been cheated and yet it is them who ‘cooked’ the statistics and who do not pay their taxes”.
“In Greece there are some who do not have bread to eat and people engaged in tax evasion as a national sport.”
“Fraud is widespread”.
“Had the assistance of IMF not been asked, Greece would have fallen in to the abyss.
He refered to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou as being “very emotionally moved” when he asked the aid of IMF in December 2009. In this documentary Strauss-Khan revealed the George Papandreou had asked the assistance of IMF just two months after winning the elections of September 2009. See our Article: Strauss-Kahn’s bombshell: Greece asked IMF’s aid already in December 2009.
In Greece we have an expression when somebody speaks using a rude, insulting and cursing language. We say euphemistically that the person “speaks French”. Now I understand the origins of this expression. To tell you the truth my original post was written in “French” language, too. However on second thought, I decided to keep my position as impartial journalist and not to fall as low as the Chief of International Monetary Fund.
As we don’t have footage from the CanalPlus interview, here is footage from a 2009 video with DSK in Turkey