Two thirds of French back Frederic Mitterrand after admission he paid for sex with 'boys' in Thailand

Two-thirds of French people do not want Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand to resign for having written about paying young male prostitutes for sex in Thailand, according to a new opinion poll.

Mitterrand has rejected calls for his resignation, sparked by revelations in his 2005 autobiography, ‘The Bad Life’, and said the male prostitutes were consenting adults.

However, 67 percent of French people do not want Mitterrand to resign, against 20 percent who think he should, according to the survey of 1,005 people carried out by pollster BVA.

The French government has also come out in support of Mitterrand, who has threatened legal action to protect his reputation.

The controversy surfaced after Mitterrand defended film-maker Roman Polanski, who faces extradition from Switzerland to the United States for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

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What a shocking indication of how low western culture has sunk! It’s hard to believe!

Where are the morals in this world???

The controversy surfaced after Mitterrand defended film-maker Roman Polanski, who faces extradition from Switzerland to the United States for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Polanski didn’t have sex with a 13-year-old girl. He drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl.

Regarding the OP, I guess all that can be said is at least the French are consistent.

– Mark L. Chance.

Given the story, I wonder if it is coincidence.

The french are more prone to suicide.

What is really sad is the how this statement reflects on the French:

‘Let anyone who has not committed this kind of mistake cast the first stone - among all the people watching this tonight, who among them has not done something like this at least once?’

What kind of country is France that some one could make this statement without being pelted with rocks?

Come on its France!!!

Another reason I eat American Fries.

What gets me is all these Americans running around and wants us to be like France.:hypno:

The French are perverse.That is what comes ofliving in a rabidly secular society.Poor St Bernadette.Poor St Joan of Arc.If only SHE could come back and kick some French butt.

From the venerable Economist:

For the traditional political right who form the backbone of Mr Sarkozy’s electorate, the most serious of the scandals has been the admission by Frédéric Mitterrand, the openly gay culture minister, that he paid “boys” for sex in brothels in Thailand and France. Opposition politicians—led by Marine Le Pen, vice-president of the far-right National Front—unearthed the comments in a book he wrote in 2005. In it, Mr Mitterrand, who is the nephew of a Socialist former president, fills pages with extraordinarily detailed description of his various encounters. At Thai sex shows, he writes: “The profusion of very attractive and immediately available boys puts me in a state of desire that I no longer need to restrain nor hide.”

His words took on new meaning after Mr Mitterrand, a well-known television producer who is treated as a national treasure, last month called “absolutely appalling” the arrest in Switzerland of Roman Polanski, a film-maker facing extradition to America, where he had pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. As quotes from the book were splashed all over the press, and opposition politicians demanded his resignation, Mr Mitterrand told French television that, yes, he paid for sex with “boys”. But, he added, they were not under-age and were consenting. He went on to condemn both sex tourism (which he admits to having practised) and paedophilia (which he denies).

Ministers have tried to dismiss the affair as a distraction, arguing that it concerns Mr Mitterrand’s private life and not his capacity to carry out his job promoting French culture. “I don’t see what the problem is,” declared Henri Guaino, one of President Sarkozy’s closest advisers. Yet the affair has shocked not only the right, drawn to Mr Sarkozy’s pre-election promise to restore morality to public life and “turn the page on May ‘68”, but also the left. “At a time when France is working with Thailand to combat the scourge of sex tourism,” declared Benoît Hamon, Socialist Party spokesman, “along comes a government minister explaining that he is himself a consumer of it.”

Wow. How disgusting. Lord, have mercy on us all!

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