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After Strauss-Kahn Affaire, France Discovers Sex Addiction

U.S. bedroom scandals have long culminated in sex addiction revelations. But now the French are starting to face this bona fide medical diagnoses since Dominique Strauss-Kahn's super active sex life has been dissected following his encounter with

French sexual apetites come in all sizes (Claire L. Evans)
French sexual apetites come in all sizes (Claire L. Evans)
Agnès Leclair

PARIS - Since the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York last May, psychoanalyst Jean-Benoît Dumonteix's practice is always packed. "The DSK affair was revelatory," says this sex addiction specialist. "Male patients tell me that when they saw DSK hauled into court, they had the impression they were being judged instead of him."

Dumonteix says the tribulations of the former International Monetary Fund director, who was charged with sexual assault and later released after an encounter with a hotel maid, has been cathartic for many of his patients. "They assumed that (Strauss-Kahn) had the same kind of pathology they did, and that broke through the denial."

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

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LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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