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Friday, October 09, 2009

Sarkozy's gay culture minister

Causes unrest among his troops, who sound like they'd be more comfortable in America.

The Mitterrand affair has crystallised a deep unease within his party about Mr Sarkozy's apparent drift towards a more left-liberal agenda on some – but by no means all – issues. Mr Mitterrand's appointment in June was already seen as deeply controversial among the more traditional UMP deputies and their supporters. "Our electors don't like homosexuals and they don't like culture. If you put them both together, then..." said one UMP deputy, who was only partly joking.

During the 2007 election campaign, Mr Sarkozy made a series of barn-storming speeches in which he promised to repair the moral damage allegedly caused by the May 1968 student revolution in France and pledged to remove the power of an allegedly effete, left-liberal cultural "elite".

To many UMP deputies, the appointment of Mr Mitterrand, even before they were reminded of the contents of his book, flew in the face of this pledge.

The French right, meanwhile, has followed a tried and true strategy, most recently employed by Pope Benedict XVI when he promulgated the "Instruction" banning gay priests: conflating homosexuality with pedophilia. A reader notes:

Having followed Mitterrand on French TV for over 10 years I consider him to be probably the most intelligent & honest politicians France has had in a long time. I hope this pathetic attempt to oust him backfires on the national front; they are simply taking advantage of the climate created by the Polanski case in order to try to remove him from government and push France further to the right.

His reply to all this? That it's typical of the extreme right to put homosexuals and pedophiles in the same basket.

Well, if there's one thing that the Le Pen family hates more than homosexuals, it's left-wing intellectual homosexuals.

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