Passages from his book in which he describes paying for sex with boys in Thailand were hardly noticed when it first came out four years ago, before he was in government. But French Culture Minister Frederick Mitterrand’s defense of Roman Polanksi means that his book, The Bad Life may cost him his political life.
He says he use the term ‘boys’ loosely , has no intention of resigning, and that all those who accuse him of paedophilia and sex tourism “should be ashamed”. He did admit paying for sex with men his own age. But what do you think – should he quit? Here’s what he exactly wrote in his autobiography.
“I got into the habit of paying for boys…All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excited me enormously… the abundance of very attractive and immediately available young boys put me in a state of desire.”
His case brings up a number of questions. Should the things you’ve done in the past affect your political life? Do people who have used prostitutes or engaged in sex tourism have a place in government? By writing his book, has Mitterrand made his personal life our business?