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Child sex claim adds to French elite’s unease.

Escándalo sexual envuelve al secretario de Estado de la Función Pública George Tron, quien enfrenta acusaciones de violación por parte de dos empleadas del ayuntamiento cuando éste era alcalde de la localidad de Draveil, al sur de París entre 2007 y 2010.

Además ex ministro de Educación y filósofo de la derecha francesa Luc Ferry, hizo tambalear a la opinión pública cuando aseguró que un ex homólogo participó en una orgía con niños en Marrakech, Marruecos.

Los franceses no pierden la capacidad de asombro ante la escalada de escándalos sexuales en los que se han visto involucrados importantes políticos de la nación gala. 

Dirigentes de varios partidos políticos galos parecen haber emprendido una carrera electoral signada por los desprestigios contra sus contrincantes, cuando el reloj empieza a marcar la cuenta regresiva a 10 meses de las elecciones presidenciales de 2012.

En ese sentido este jueves declaraciones del ex ministro de Educación y filósofo de la derecha francesa Luc Ferry, hicieron tambalear a la opinión pública cuando aseguró que un ex homólogo participó en una orgía con niños en Marrakech, Marruecos.

Esta grotesca información fue suministrada por Ferry durante una entrevista concedida a un popular programa de la cadena privada Canal Plus.

“El asunto me fue narrado por las más altas autoridades del estado y, en concreto, por el primer ministro”, manifestó el filósofo de derecha de acuerdo con una nota del portal de la agencia Prensa Latina.

El titular del gabinete francés entre 2002 a 2004, ratificó tal declaración a otras cadenas televisivas así como a la prensa escrita.

La semana pasada la revista semanal del rotativo Le Figaro publicó que varios altos funcionarios franceses fueron detenidos por agentes de la policía de Marrakech mientras realizaban un allanamiento en un local sospechoso de prácticas pederastas.

“Probablemente sabemos todos aquí de quién se trata”, indicó Ferry sin ofrecer mayores detalles sobre el nombre del supuesto ex ministro.

Por su parte un vocero del gobierno de Nicolás Sarkozy anunció la molestia del ejecutivo ante tales acusaciones al tiempo que exhortaron al catedrático a “hablar claro” en el caso de Marruecos.

En tanto la fiscalía francesa anunció el inicio de investigaciones por parte de la brigada de protección de menores de la policía judicial, para esclarecer la naturaleza y responsabilidades de dicho escándalo.

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La misma fuente detalló que la investigación comenzará sus pesquisas con interrogatorios a Ferry.

A este escándalo sexual se suma el del secretario de Estado de la Función Pública George Tron, quien enfrenta acusaciones de violación por parte de dos empleadas del ayuntamiento cuando éste era alcalde de la localidad de Draveil, al sur de París entre 2007 y 2010.

Otro escándalo salió a la luz pública el 15 de mayo cuando fue encarcelado en Nueva York Dominique Strauss-Kahn quien debió dimitir al cargo de director gerente del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) para dedicarse por entero a su defensa en una acusación de abuso sexual y violencia contra una empleada de servicios de un hotel de la ciudad.

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Child sex claim adds to French elite’s unease

Agence France-Presse: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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France's Justice Minister Rachida Dati arrives in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris seen in this January 7, 2009 file photo. Still digesting news of sex assault charges against a presidential contender and allegations against a minister, French voters are now confronted with rumours of a high-level pedophile cover-up. Former justice minister Rachida Dati warnedex-education minister Luc Ferry he had put himself in a difficult position, since he was either spreading slander or else perverting the course of justice by witholding evidence of a serious crime.
France’s Justice Minister Rachida Dati arrives in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris seen in this January 7, 2009 file photo. Still digesting news of sex assault charges against a presidential contender and allegations against a minister, French voters are now confronted with rumours of a high-level pedophile cover-up. Former justice minister Rachida Dati warnedex-education minister Luc Ferry he had put himself in a difficult position, since he was either spreading slander or else perverting the course of justice by witholding evidence of a serious crime.
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PARIS – Still digesting news of sex assault charges against a presidential contender and allegations against a minister, French voters are now confronted with rumours of a high-level pedophile cover-up.

The scandal erupted two weeks after IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York, and two days after Civil Service Minister George Tron resigned to fight charges he had sexually abused two municipal employees.

Appearing on TV to discuss what the allegations reveal about French society, ex-education minister Luc Ferry let slip a claim that a then serving minister had been caught abusing “small boys” at a Moroccan orgy several years ago.

According to Ferry, who did not name the alleged pedophile, the case was known about “at the highest levels of state” and French officials worked with Morocco to hush up the scandal and ensure the minister returned safely.

Ferry’s intention appeared to be to cite an anecdote revealing the extent to which, prior to Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, French law prevented politicians and journalists from discussing individual sexual behviour behind closed doors.

But his comments provoked a storm of criticism, with leading political figures piling in to demand that he either provide evidence of wrongdoing to the authorities or else withdraw the claim as unfounded rumour-mongering.

“If anyone thinks he knows about a crime, he should make a complaint and not just blabber to the press,” Foreign Minister Alain Juppe declared.

Former justice minister Rachida Dati warned Ferry he had put himself in a difficult position, since he was either spreading slander or else perverting the course of justice by witholding evidence of a serious crime.

She predicted that an investigating magistrate would be obliged to look into the case, and warned: “We have legislation in France that allows us to prosecute anyone who carries out pedophile acts abroad.”

Ferry served as education minister in a previous centre-right government between 2002 and 2004. It was not clear from his comments whether he was accusing a former colleague or a minister in an earlier administration.

But he said the story had been confirmed to him by “a prime minister”.

On Wednesday, faced with mounting criticism, Ferry backpedalled in an interview with the website of the weekly news magazine, L’Express.

“I was trying to defend the press which respects private life and is not guilty of slander,” he said. “I have no proof, nor any precise detail about this matter, but when I was a minister I heard about it.”

According to L’Express’s accompanying report, Ferry had been citing what it dismissed as an “old rumour” which the magazine’s own reporters had probed in 2005 and concluded was without foundation.

Whatever the truth or otherwise of Ferry’s shock claim, the renewed allegations of criminal sexual behaviour and of a culture of secrecy and impunity among the French elite stirred a fevered national debate.

Strauss-Kahn, who had been favourite to lead the Socialist Party ticket in next year’s presidential showdown with Sarkozy, was well-known as a womaniser long before he was accused of assaulting a hotel chamber maid.

And Tron’s alleged foot fetish — he claims to practice amateur reflexology and to give foot massages as a therapeutic gesture to friends and colleagues — was notorious in his political circle and hometown Draveil.

But now that both men are accused of violent criminal acts, albeit ones they firmly deny, questions are being asked about whether France’s tradition of privacy has served as cover for chauvinism and predatory behaviour.

In the wake of the scandals several women have come forward to complain of a “macho” culture of flirting verging on open sexual harrassment in political circles, notably in parliament, and feminists have staged protests.

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Paris, May 30: There seem to be some sinister connection with those holding seats of power and the hardheaded approach such people showcase towards the powerless and gullible. With France becoming somewhat infamous in this department, yet another sex harassment case has surfaced.

With the ex-IMF Chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s hotel episode involving the maid shaming France in the world stage, another minister has quit from his ministerial post after he was accused of sexual harassment of two women during his tenure as mayor. Civil service minister Georges Tron resigned from his post when the scandal hit and sent a letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy on the same.

Feigning innocence, Tron maintained that he will prove his innocence. Wednesday, saw prosecutors stating that they had resumed preliminary investigation over charges of sexual aggression and rape. Tron’s lawyer called the women “inveterate liars.”

The 53-year-old Minister in his resignation letter stated that he would disprove the vindictive accusations by the former municipal employees. Both women were sacked earlier, for fraud and “undignified behaviour.” The accusers claimed that Tron indulged in unwanted touching in the pretext of giving them a foot massage.

The two women, aged 34 and 36, claimed that the mayor assaulted them between 2007 and 2010 when they worked in town hall of the south Paris suburb Draveil. The woman said she had the courage to speak up after the exposal of IMF chief’s episode. One of the women was quoted as saying to the Le Parisien newspaper, “When I see that a chambermaid was capable of taking on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I tell myself I don’t have the right to stay silent. Other women may be suffering what I suffered. I have to help them. We must break this code of silence.”

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