Dan Bilefsky reports:
As the trial of Dominique Strauss-Kahn comes to a close on Friday, some here are breathing a sigh of relief after cringing, gasping and giggling uncomfortably for weeks while the sexual proclivities of the man once thought likely to become France’s president were paraded before the world.
Others lamented the ending of a case that had shined a rare spotlight on a chauvinistic culture where highflying, powerful men can misbehave with impunity.
Though it is widely expected that Mr. Strauss-Kahn will be acquitted — the prosecutor himself requested this week that pimping charges against him be dropped — the case is nevertheless seen as having crossed a threshold in a country where the privacy of public figures has long been considered sacrosanct.
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