Sarkozy may be cool, but he’s not winning over tan-shaded brethren in France’s presidential election campaign. 

Issenberg argued earlier this week that the success of Hollande’s campaign so far has much to do with the lessons it learned from the 2008 Obama campaign, which three of Hollande’s campaign advisors studied carefully while living in the United States. Whether they also picked up a taste for American popular music I have no idea, but this month the Hollande campaign put out an ad scored to a rather unlikely song: “Ni**as in Paris,” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, from the album Watch the Throne.

In the ad, French voters of various races hold up their electoral cards, a possible rebuke to Sarkozy’s past racial insensivity. Hollande is seen campaigning in the diverse suburbs and towns north of Paris, including one used to create the best bilingual pun perhaps ever employed in a political ad. You know that town of roughly 35,000 people about an hour north of Paris? That shit Creil. (Slate)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair, was named France’s woman of the year on Monday by a popular French women’s magazine.

Terrafemina polled more than 1,000 respondents over the phone earlier this month to decide who among the 10 finalists had “most made her mark” in 2011. The AFP, which speaks better French than we do, explains that the 63-year-old Sinclair, who stood by her husband in the face of allegations that he sexually assaulted a New York City maid, narrowly edged out Christine Lagarde, the woman who replaced DSK as chief of the International Monetary Fund, by 1 percent, 25 to 24.

Perhaps more noteworthy was the fact that women voters were the ones who ultimately handed the title to Sinclair, picking the wealthy art heiress over Lagarde by a 10-percent margin, 31 to 21. Male respondents, meanwhile, opted for the former French finance minister over Sinclair 28 percent to 19 percent, the New York Post points out.

Coming in third in the poll, one point behind Lagarde, was politician Martine Aubry. French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy tallied 16 percent, while Tristane Banon, who came forward with her own sexual assault allegations against DSK, finished last among the ten finalists, with 4 percent of the vote. -Slate

I’m torn. The Good Wife, as banal the term, has its merits. Depending on the relationship, if a couple wishes to persevere through betrayal, they have every right to do so without having to defend vitriol of misogyny or misandry. 

Though it’s telling, of what is to be determined, that women championed Sinclair over Lagarde. 

Is it familial values that women emphatically endorse?

Are women less knowledgeable of/interested in global and economic affairs and thus less inclined to be familiar with women like Lagarde?

Is the converse true of men? 

What are the sociological justifications and implications of “Woman of the Year”?