Saturday 25 February 2017

Privacy law 'led to cover-up of minister's child-sex orgy'

Henry Samuel in Paris

A FRENCH former cabinet minister travelled to Morocco to take part in an orgy with "little boys", according to an ex-minister, who claims the country's strict privacy laws led to a cover-up.

Luc Ferry, a philosopher who was in government from 2002 to 2004, told a television show that an unnamed minister had been "caught" taking part in "an orgy with little boys" in Marrakesh.

Asked if he had any proof of this, he replied: "Of course not. But I have testimony from cabinet members at the highest level, state authorities at the highest level."

He added he had received information "particularly from the prime minister", suggesting it never reached the public due to strict libel and privacy laws.

Mr Ferry declined to name the former minister. "If I let his name out now, it's me who will be charged and doubtlessly convicted, even if I know that the story is true," he said.

A Paris prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation into the claims yesterday. A Moroccan children's rights group also said it had lodged a complaint.

France is embroiled in an emotional national debate over whether journalists had failed to disclose cases of sexual harassment because politicians' private lives have been deemed off limits.

Reeling from the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief, on sexual assault charges, France's political class was struck by a fresh sex scandal last weekend with the resignation of Georges Tron. The public works minister is accused of molesting two former female staff members. He denies the allegations.

Two years ago, Frederic Mitterrand, the culture minister, admitted to having sexual relations with Thai male prostitutes. He is not thought to be the minister referred to by Mr Ferry. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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