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12 October 2009 :: 13:10:49 pm 26992

Influential French Power-Wielders Rally To Mitterrand Defence

October 12, 2009, PARIS French politicians and even Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of the president, are rallying round French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand amidst calls for his resignation following his frank autobiographical admissions of philandering with a number of the rent boys of Thailand.
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Mitterrand, the nephew of former President Francois Mitterrand, has threatened legal action to stem the tide of criticism, saying he will sue anyone who “rummages through the bins” of his past. This is essentially to protect his reputation after the furore broke following revelations of Mitterand?s indiscretions read out from “The Bad Life”, by National Front Leader, Marine Le Pen, on TV, seemingly as a result of Mitterrand?s strong condemnation of the extradition attempt by America to bring back Roman Polanski to the US, over alleged under-age sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, Mitterrand staunchly defended himself on TF1 TV, last week, asserting he had only had sex with consenting adults and was not a criminal, whilst also condemning both sex tourism and paedophilia. He now says “The Bad Life” was “not totally autobiographical” but was reluctant to go into detail about his Thai sexual exploits, though he did term his sex-partners as “boys”; qualifying the statement by saying gays always refer to other man in that way. However, apparently, only 25% of viewers were prepared to believe his defence.

“In no way is it an apology of sex tourism…even if one of the chapters is a journey through that hell, with the fascination that hell can provoke,” said Mr. Mitterrand.

To add oil to the flames, it later emerged from Quotidien de la Reunion?s publication of a letter sent by Mr Mitterand , then director of the French Academy in Rome, that he had offered support to help rehabilitate two teenage brothers convicted earlier of raping a 16-year-old girl on the island of La Réunion; one of whom was his make-up artist?s son from his days as a television presenter.

“I no longer tolerate these attacks. It’s vile. It’s a simple thing that I can very easily explain,” Mitterrand said in his defence, according to reports in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

The Mitterrand affair, however, has caused no little backlash and division in the government, as Labour Minister Xavier Darcos asserted Mitterrand needed to explain his behaviour. His political colleagues, like Government spokesman Luc Chatel, Immigration Minister Eric Besson Left Party founder Jean-Luc Melenchon, and Sarkoz- adviser Henri Guaino, on the other hand, are giving him their full support as is the highly influential Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, the president wife. This development, however, ?puts the president in a difficult situation according to Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, and has angered voters with one poll indicating President Sarkozy popularity has fallen five points to 41%.

Jean-Luc Melenchon apparently told Europe 1 on Sunday that the continuing attacks on Mitterrand were “unacceptable” and criticized those who would “cast stones” at the culture minister.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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