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The French Really Are Different
October 08, 2009

The French culture minister Frederic Mitterand, who's been an outspoken defender of Roman Polanski, is now under fire himself for some revelations he made in his 2005 memoir. From the BBC: In his 2005 book The Bad Life, he wrote: "I got into the habit of paying for boys," saying his attraction to young male prostitutes was not dimmed despite knowing "the sordid details of this traffic". "All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excited me enormously...

Polanski's Defenders, Cont'd
September 29, 2009

Unsurprisingly, the cinematic community has come out in strong support of Roman Polanski, typically invoking--like the French culture minister before them--his status as a great artist as if it granted him some form of legal immunity.

Pro-Book Burning Anti-Semite Loses UNESCO Bid
September 22, 2009

This just in: A career diplomat from Bulgaria won a suspenseful and drawn-out race to lead the U.N. agency for culture and education on Tuesday, beating out an Egyptian candidate whose one-time threat to burn Israeli books had galvanized opposition.... In a fifth round of secret balloting Tuesday, Bulgaria's ambassador to France, Irina Bokova, defeated Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny for the leadership of UNESCO.