Sex scandal of Frédéric Mitterrand
On October 5th 2009 Marine Le Pen of the French National Front Party quoted sections of the autobiography on French television, she accused him of having sex with underage boys and also of "sex tourism".
Frederic Mitterrand (born 21 August 1947) is the French Minister of Culture and Communication. Throughout his career, he has been an actor, a screenwriter, a television presenter, a writer, producer and director.
Born in Paris, he is the nephew of François Mitterrand, who was the President of France from 1981 to 1995, and the son of engineer Robert Mitterrand (1915-2002) and Edith Cahier, the niece of Eugène Deloncle, the co-founder of "La Cagoule"
In June 2008, Mitterrand was appointed as the director of the French Academy in Rome by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
A year later, on 23 June 2009, Mitterrand was appointed to the French government as the Minister of Culture and Communications, a position that had previously been held by André Malraux and Jack Lang, among many other people.
Mitterrand, who is openly bisexual, writes a monthly column for Têtu.
Mitterrand's autobiography "The Bad Life" or "La mauvaise vie" the original French title was a best seller in 2005. In the book he details his "delight" whilst visiting the brothels of Bangkok. In the book he wrote, "I got into the habit of paying for boys ... The profusion of young, very attractive and immediately available boys put me in a state of desire I no longer needed to restrain or hide." At the time Mitterrand was applauded for his honesty, but since he publicly defended Roman Polanski when he was detained in Switzerland on an American request for extradition for having sex with a thirteen year old girl, he has had to defend his writings.
On October 5th 2009 Marine Le Pen of the French National Front Party quoted sections of the autobiography on French television, she accused him of having sex with underage boys and also of "sex tourism" and demanded Mitterrand resign his position as culture minister. Amongst others he was also criticised by the Socialist party spokesman Benoît Hamon, who stated: “As a minister of culture he has drawn attention to himself by defending a film maker and he has written a book where he said he took advantage of sexual tourism. To say the least, I find it shocking.” Some Conservatives supported Mitterrand, a close aide to Nicolas Sarkozy said the French President backed his Culture Minister and described the controversy around him as "pathetic." Mitterrand also insists the book isn't an autobiography, the publisher describes it as a "novel inspired by autobiography" and the BBC refers to it as "autobiographical novel" In his own defence Mitterand stated, "Each time I was with people who were my age, or who were five years younger — there wasn't the slightest ambiguity — and who were consenting," and that he uses the term "boys" loosely, both in his life and in the book, he also stated, "I condemn sexual tourism, which is a disgrace. I condemn paedophilia, which I have never in any way participated in."
Marine Le Pen (born Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen, on 5 August 1968 at Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a French National Front politician, a lawyer by profession, and a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. She is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Life and career
Marine Le Pen is the daughter of French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen and his first wife Pierrette Lalanne. She has been married and divorced twice: from Franck Chauffroy, a businessman, and later from Éric Iorio, a FN (Front national: National Front) local assemblyman. From her first marriage, she has three children born in 1998 and 1999. Le Pen ran in the 2004 French regional elections in the Île-de-France région. She has been one of eight vice-presidents of the FN since April 2003.
Since she joined the FN party, she has advocated tolerance for abortion and homosexuality, which has notably angered some of the more traditional Catholic voters. She also feels anti-Semitism to be unacceptable in modern French society.
Marine Le Pen was part of the "TSM" current inside the FN (Tout sauf Mégret, Anybody But Mégret) during the 1990s crisis, along with Samuel Maréchal, Jean-Claude Martinez, Roger Holeindre, the Catholic current represented by Bernard Antony and Bruno Gollnisch, and Martine Lehideux.
Since 2002 she has been the president of Generations Le Pen, an organization close to the FN, which aims "to promote the thought and works of Jean-Marie Le Pen" among youth. She was elected to the European Parliament in the 2004 elections and has been reelected in the 2009 elections.
In 2006 Jean-Marie Le Pen turned over to her the management of his presidential campaign.
Within the FN, she is opposed by notable members (and former members) such as Bruno Gollnisch, Louis Aliot, Carl Lang and Jean-Claude Martinez
On 5 July 2009, Le Pen, as second candidate on Steeve Briois' list, failed in her attempt to win a municipal by-election in Hénin-Beaumont, a mining town in the industrial north. Le Pen's National Front party lost with 47.6 per cent of the votes.