Just when you think things are bad enough here, check out what politics are like in France:
PARIS (AP) – France’s culture minister is struggling to keep his job amid an uproar about a 2005 book in which he details Bangkok’s brothels and the pleasure and freedom of paying “boys” for sex.
Frederic Mitterrand’s candid tale came back to haunt him after he jumped to the defense of filmmaker Roman Polanski, currently in a Swiss prison on U.S. charges relating to his sexual liaison with a 13-year-old girl when he was 43.
In case you were wondering, Mitterand is the nephew of the late French (Socialist) President Francois Mitterand.
The affair is awkward for France and especially French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose embrace of non-conservatives such as Mitterrand has upset his ruling UMP party. Mitterrand’s critics say it’s about child sex tourism, which France’s government is campaigning against. But it also involves a politician’s sex life, which many French consider private business, and a public figure’s recognition of his homosexuality.
Sarkozy, who named Mitterrand culture minister four months ago, has yet to speak out about the book. Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party is squirming but so far holding firm in defense of Mitterrand.
The far-right National Front party has conceded that it went looking for dirt on Mitterrand after his impassioned defense of Polanski.
“Frederic Mitterand must resign because his presence in the government as a representative of France is an indelible stain (for) the entire world,” National Front vice president Marine Le Pen said Thursday. Le Pen triggered the controversy earlier this week, flagging excerpts of Mitterrand’s book in a televised interview.
Leftists have joined in. Socialist Arnaud Montebourg said Thursday that Mitterrand “deliberately acted in violation of national and international laws” and appealed to Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon to fire him.
“It is impossible that a minister representing France can encourage violation of his own international commitments to fight sexual tourism,” Montebourg’s statement said.
You know what’s sad?
It took a neo-Nazi party to point all this out, and it seems that only Socialists are willing to condemn this pervert.
God Bless America.