Thursday, October 08, 2009

French Politics

France's Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand is facing intense pressure over a book he wrote that described paying for "young boys" in Thailand.

The book was written four years ago, before he joined the government, but is back in the headlines following his impassioned support for Roman Polanski.

BBC NEWS | Europe | French minister in 'boy sex' row

Interesting that no one performed a background check on him before joining the government. Either that or anything goes in French politics!

1 comment:

Jacques said...

I am not a supporter of Sarkozy. This being clarified, I will try to help those interested with the issue to understand how it developped. First, please remember that, in France like in many western countries, homosexuality is not prohibited, it is a purely private matter, and any discrimination against homosexual people is punished by law. Second, the actual text of the book does not mention "young boys", but "boys". Even though, at least in french, the french word (garçon) does suggest the person is relatively young, it is commonly used to refer to young adults, students or young professionnals, often up to their thirties. Now Frédéric Mitterand claims that his partners were "hardly younger" than he himself was. Although unconvinced, I note that the twisted quote "young boys" has been made by Marine Le Pen, the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen (the leader of the extreme-right Front National) She runs for replacing her father at the head of the Front National and this party has a dreadfull track record od distorting thr truth to serve its political agenda. Hence I do not take my political sources at Marine Le Pen. Finaly, the review of Frederic Mitterand's past probably was done and this book was probably noted, but the symbolic move of hiring a "Mitterand" was probably so attractive to the manipulator Sarkozy, that he overruled the objection. I dislike the idea of a society where the political debate would be covered by moralistic debates, thus hiding more substantial ideas. I am aware that many people in politics (and sometime in business, I have a recent exemple in mind) find it handy to use moral as a screen to hide the real motive of their actions. As far as I am concerned, I support a justice that applies to all and would like to leave to it to fight crime whenever ther is any.