Minister in sex row bids to free rapist brothers

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The Express - 11 October 2009

FRENCH culture minister Frederic Mitterrand was yesterday accused of trying to get two teenage rapists freed from prison so that he could care for them himself.

He was already facing the sack after claiming that paying for sex with boy prostitutes in Thailand “was not a serious mistake”.

Revelations about France’s first openly gay minister emerged earlier this month when he defended filmmaker Roman Polanski, currently in a Swiss jail on US charges relating to sex with a 13-year-old girl.

It then emerged that Mitterrand, 62, nephew of the late president Francois Mitterrand, had apparently written about having sex with boys himself while on holiday in Thailand.

He denies advocating sex with children, but his autobiography revealed: “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 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.”

It has now emerged that he recently tried to get two brothers – one of them his godson – freed after they were jailed for eight years for the knifepoint rape of a 16-year-old girl.

In a letter to the President of the Court of Saint Denis, capital of the French overseas territory of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, he offered “internships for the two young people to facilitate their reintegration” into society, at the French Academy in Rome where he was president, with his personal pledge “to facilitate every measure of reintegration”.

He said the boys “are certainly very aware of the gravity of the facts for which they have been punished”.

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