French minister who demanded Roman Polanski be freed paid for sex with ‘young boys’ in Thailand
(DAILY MAIL) French President Nicolas Sarkozy was under growing pressure last night after his culture minister insisted paying for sex with young male prostitutes was ‘not a serious mistake’.
Frederic Mitterrand also astonishingly challenged the French public’s morality by asking them: who among you has not done something like this at least once?
Mr Mitterrand, 62, nephew of former president Francois Mitterrand, revealed he had hired ‘young boys’ for sex in Thailand in his autobiography four years ago.
He wrote: ‘The profusion of very attractive and immediately available young boys puts me in a state of desire that I no longer need to hinder nor hide… as I know that I will not be refused.
‘I got into the habit of paying for boys. All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market, excite me enormously.’
But political opponents on the Left and far Right have seized afresh on his revelations after he publicly defended Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, arrested last month on charges of sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
The ensuing storm has led to calls for Mr Sarkozy to sack Mr Mitterrand from his conservative UMP party.
Socialist Arnaud Montebourg said yesterday: ‘It is impossible that a minister representing France can encourage violation of his own international commitments to fight sexual tourism.’ Mr Mitterrand said earlier this week that he is not a paedophile and uses the term ‘boys’ loosely.
Last night the openly gay minister told viewers of France’s TF1 TV channel: ‘It was an error yes, but not a crime, not even a serious mistake.
‘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?’
The affair has been especially shocking in France, which has a long-standing tradition of privacy surrounding the sexual lives of its politicians.