French Culture Minister, Impassioned Polanski Defender, Admits to Paying For Boy Sex
PARIS (Reuters) - French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand faced calls for his resignation on Wednesday over a 2005 autobiography in which he wrote about paying "young boys" for sex during trips abroad.
The revelations in his book "The Bad Life" have come back to haunt Mitterrand since his impassioned defense of film maker Roman Polanski, who faces deportation from Switzerland to the United States for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Politicians of all colors have criticized Mitterrand for his virulent attack on the United States. The far-right National Front has fueled the row by digging out excerpts from Mitterrand's book that have raised eyebrows in France.
"I got into the habit of paying for boys," Mitterrand wrote, adding that his attraction to young male prostitutes continued even though he knew "the sordid details of this traffic."
"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."
National Front vice president Marine Le Pen said Mitterrand had to step down to restore France's moral integrity.