Valentine Faure

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A scene from the French movie “Un moment d’égarement” (“One Wild Moment”) from 2015, whose plot centers on a middle-age man having an affair with his friend’s teenage daughter. From left, Vincent Cassel, Lola Le Lann and François Cluzet.Credit...Mars Distribution, via Everett Collection

France has spent the last two years or so waiting for its Harvey Weinstein moment: a big trial, the fall of someone powerful, a viscerally indignant country.

The conversation around #MeToo in France has been undeniably intense. But when Frenchwomen have spoken up against film directors (Luc Besson, Roman Polanski) and intellectuals (Tariq Ramadan), they have always faced the usual victim blaming. That then leads to divided opinions, aborted prosecutions, and meditations on the French art of seduction.

Something seems to have happened, however, with the case surrounding the acclaimed writer Gabriel Matzneff, whose taste for teenage French girls and young Asian boys, is no secret — he wrote extensively about this habit for years — but who, as of this month, is finally facing charges for promoting the sexual abuse of children.…  Seguir leyendo »

Last Tuesday, France woke up to news reports that a 28-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl had had “consensual” sex.

The events, first reported by the website Mediapart, took place on April 24 in the Paris suburb of Montmagny. That afternoon, the child followed a man, who had already approached her twice in the previous days, telling her he “could teach her how to kiss and more.” They went to his building, where she performed oral sex in the hallway. Then she followed him to his apartment, where they had sexual intercourse. Afterward, he told her not to talk to anybody about it, kissed her on the forehead and asked to see her again.…  Seguir leyendo »