Friday, June 3, 2011

Sex, politics and rumors in France

The sexual-political scandals in France is happening with alarming frequency. First came the arrest of planetary resonance Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) in New York on charges of attempted rape, a few days ago, two former employees accused the Secretary of State for Public Service, Georges Tron, of harassing them while working with him in the Draveil City Council, on the pretext of giving them a foot massage.

Tron, pushed by the Elysée, resigned on Sunday. A day later, media philosopher (in France there are many) and former Minister of Education Luc Ferry released a new pump on television. Said a French former minister had been involved for years in an orgy with children in Marrakech and was even caught by the police, who released him shortly thereafter.

Ferry did not give names or many details because, as he outlined, no evidence and testimony that all proceeds from "the highest state authorities", including the prime minister. The Paris prosecutor on Wednesday opened an investigation into this matter, assigned to the Child Protection Brigade.

In France, this crime, if they are French citizens, are pursued even when carried out abroad. Ferry Will you talk to the police? Would you confess to investigators the name of this former minister? It is not clear: "You will be asked, but is not obligated to do so," criminologist expert explained yesterday in Libération.

"Should we go to the end," added Rodolphe Constantine, a lawyer for the NGO Enfance, who added: "But is not the first time something like that opens to stop the media noise and then languish and not getting anywhere." In Morocco, two NGO child protection announced on Wednesday that tracks complaints presented in Paris and Marrakesh, to force open an investigation.

"It is unacceptable to abuse of our children and even more so when you hold responsibilities or positions," said Najat Anwar by telephone, who in 2004 founded the association in Agadir Touche pas à mon enfant (Do not touch my child.) Ferry's words, appearing on the cover of several newspapers in Arabic, a reminder that despite recent efforts the country is, like other parts of the Third World, a favorite destination for sex tourism in Europe.

Some tourists "come to Morocco for sex, drugs and a range of pleasure to those who do not have easy access in their home country," laments sociologist Jamal Khalil. "The Moroccan authorities know, but let him run and society turns a blind eye. Are inescapable realities that need support to deal with their excesses." In 2009, another controversy was similar in France: several members of the opposition demanded the resignation of Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, because in an autobiography published in 2005 recounted some of his experiences as a young sex tourist in Bangkok.

So forget the episode with little consequences. Now, after the arrest of DSK and the resignation of Tron, many publications on the newsstands, many television programs and thousands of street conversations are wondering about the sexuality of its politicians. The weekly Le Nouvel Observateur called the last number in an explicit manner: "The France of the males." And the newspaper Libération went further on the cover: "Fed up with males." France is a country dangerously macho inertia (75,000 rapes a year, of which only 10% are reported) or just sexist (women working in the house three hours more than men).

Now, yes, because this wave self, NGOs that help battered women have found an increase in calls and complaints, revealed Le Parisien.

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