July 14 - A Paris delicatessen is cashing in on the scandal surrounding former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with its own DSK hotdog. Gemma Haines reports.
He's been called many things over the past few months... but Dominique Strauss-Kahn is now a hotdog. An American-style diner on the outskirts of Paris has created a controversial sausage which shares the same initials as the former IMF chief. Posters in the restaurant's windows show a woman holding the 'Double Sausage Kosher' hotdog, against the Manhattan skyline. The DSK costs just under 15 euros, and is served with a side of coleslaw. SOUNDBITE: Philippe Rottemberg, Rotz's owner, saying (French) "We did this double kosher sausage with the initials. And then we wanted to get a little closer to French and foreign politics in order for everyone to have an interest in trying this DSK sausage." The real Strauss-Kahn has been accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid, but was recently freed from house arrest, after the prosecution revealed several issues calling into question the credibility of the accuser. His defense has repeatedly asked that the charges be thrown out, but the Manhattan District Attorney says no decisions have been made and the investigation will continue. Philippe Rottemberg of Rotz's delicatessen says the hotdog is an attempt to put a humorous spin on the controversy. SOUNDBITE: Philippe Rottemberg, Rotz's owner, saying (French) "Listen, honestly, today we have about 90 per cent of people who laugh, who see our communications both online and in our restaurant, and who took it with a lot of humour. But obviously, you can't please everybody." Customers can't help but laugh. SOUNDBITE: Nicolas, customer, saying (French) "With what's happening at the moment, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and all that. We had a laugh. We told ourselves we'd try it. Very good, very good." Frankly, it seems to be going down quite well. Gemma Haines, Reuters.