Mitterrand - A Man of Great Abilities
There are ramifications to the Roman Polanski case, involving the current French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand. If you read my recent article on Polanski, you know that as bad as the filmmaker is, some of those who defended him (namely the Minister of Culture) are giving him a run for his money in matters of moral turpitude.
Here, by way of review, are the words of Mitterrand, taken from his 2005 autobiography entitled La Mauvaise Vie (The Bad Life), that I quoted at the end of my post:
"I had to become used to paying for the boys (...) Obviously I had read what they were saying about the boy business here (...) I know what truth there is in it. The widespread poverty, pimps everywhere, the mountains of dollars it brings in while the boys only get a few crumbs, the drugs that destroy, the illnesses, the sordid details of all this traffic. But all of that did not prevent me from returning there. All the rituals of a market for young boys, of the commerce of slaves, excite me enormously (...)
You cannot judge such a sight as anything but abominable from the moral point of view, but it gives me pleasure beyond the point of reason (...) The profusion of very attractive and readily available young boys puts me in a state of desire that I do not have to restrain or hide. Money and sex - I'm right in the heart of my system, the system that finally functions because I know that I will not be refused."
I had obtained that quote from the blog of cartoonist Langelot, from a post dated September 30, 2009.
Now it appears that on October 5, during a television talk show called Mots Croisés, Marine Le Pen revealed to the general public these same words and denounced the minister as being an obstacle to the French justice system's efforts to prevent sex crimes.
If you have never seen Marine, this short video is a good introduction to her direct and forceful style. She also looks quite attractive. There is no need to translate. She is clearly infuriated by Mitterrand's admission, she reads aloud the above text, and calls for the resignation of the minister. She is countered by a man who seems to imply that she is over-reacting to Mitterrand's words, which only makes her angrier. But we do not get to hear his argument:
A propos this television discussion and the revelations it contains, here is an article signed Yann Baly, posted at the blog of Bernard Antony:
Law 94-89 from February 1, 1994 on sexual tourism (known as the extraterritorial law), repeated notably by articles 113-6 and 113-7 of the Penal Code, provides for the conviction of Frenchmen and habitual residents who have committed, in a foreign country, sexual abuses on minors under 15, to penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to 150,000 euro.
You can be sure that the public ministry will immediately look into the 2005 writings of Frédéric Mitterrand to verify their accuracy and to make certain that the deeds ("faits") are not recommended ("prescrits"). The Justice Ministry can no longer claim to be ignorant of the writings revealed to the general public last Monday by Marine Le Pen, during the television show Mots Croisés.
Will there be any UMP deputies who question the Keeper of the Seals on this issue? All citizens should demand action from their elected representative on this issue. Openness has its limits!
Note: I assume that by "public ministry" he means the Justice Ministry. The current Keeper of the Seals is Michèle Alliot-Marie, former Interior Minister.
At the end of his article he lists those deputies and senators who have already been called on to examine the case.
A reminder that "openness" refers to "conservative" President Nicolas Sarkozy's much vaunted penchant for hiring left-wingers, socialists, multi-culturalists, immigrants, and immoral "artists" all the while shunning like the plague anyone who could be regarded as a practicing Catholic, traditionalist, sovereigntist or proud Frenchman.
Openness may have its limits, but Sarkozy has not yet begun to approach them. Here is the sequel, dated October 8, to the above article:
This morning on RTL television, when questioned by Jean-Michel Apathie on the admissions made by Frédéric Mitterrand in his book, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux declared that Monsieur Mitterrand is "a minister of culture whose abilities are unanimously recognized by the government."
It was impossible for Apathie to get the minister to say that he was shocked by the writings!
Hortefeux, visibly very embarrassed, did not even want to comment on the quotes "taken out of context", from a book published "a very long time ago". A very long time ago? In 2005, four years ago!
The minister of the interior was less cautious and reserved when he punished prefect Girot de Langlade.
In Sarkozy's France, it is better to admit having paid young boys in a foreign country (an act forbidden by the Penal Code) than it is to be suspected of making so-called racist remarks!
Last minute note: I see from Langelot's blog that the journal L'Express has judged Marine Le Pen's attacks against Mitterrand as bearing the infamous trace of the "fachosphere", i.e. the Fascist Internet. Sounds interesting. And typical of the way the press reacts to any expression of traditional moral values. I don't have time right now to pursue this. Hopefully tomorrow...
Below, the Minister of Culture.