Frederic Mitterrand is France’s Minister of Culture and Communication. He has communicated a few interesting things lately. In a book he wrote in 2005 in which the French minister said he paid for Thailand boy sex. That admission has been brought back to the forefront due to his recent strong defense on behalf of accuse child rapist and movie director Roman Polanski. Some are calling for Mitterrand to resign his position, others are saying his morals have nothing to do with his job performance.
It seems that the French Minister of Culture and Communication Frédéric Mitterrand, might be second guessing the wisdom of his outspoken support of Roman Polanski, the accused child rapist who was arrested last month in Switzerland pending extradition to the United States on charges stemming from having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. His support of Polanski seems to have reminded people of Mitterrand’s own sexual peccadilloes.
Mitterrand, the nephew of France’s former Socialist President Francois Mitterrand, is openly bi-sexual. That’s not so much the problem as his admissions in a book he wrote in 2005. The book, The Bad Life, spelled out some pretty shocking revelations about his sexual escapades with boys in Thailand and his fascination with the sex-slave trade of Thailand (sex tourism).
“I got into the habit of paying for boys,” Mitterrand wrote, adding that his attraction to young male prostitutes continued even though he knew “the sordid details of this traffic.”
“All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excited me enormously … the abundance of very attractive and immediately available young boys put me in a state of desire.”
Now, the right-wing politicos in France are “>calling for him to resign. That faction is headed up by Labor Minister Xavier Darcos. On the other hand, President Nicolas Sarkozy is so far standing by his man. His spokesperson, Henri Guaino, has said that it’s ‘undignified’ to go after Mitterrand after such a long time and that his action might be unseemly, but they aren’t illegal. Guaino adds that Mitterrand has not opposed France’s strong stance against ‘sex tourism’ (aka the sex slave trade).
Mitterrand is refusing to resign his position on the grounds that the misbehavior he describes in his book is not illegal and do not affect his job performance. He says that any sexual relationships he has had with boys was consensual and is not a pedophile. He goes further by condemning anyone who confuses homosexuality with pedophilia as taking us back to the ‘stone age’.
Regardless of his defense of himself, he has toned down his defense of Polanski.
Frederic Mitterrand Explanation Video (French)