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Frédéric Mitterrand in 2008

Frédéric Mitterrand (born 21 August 1947 in Paris) is the French Minister of Culture and Communication. Throughout his career, he has been an actor, screenwriter, television presenter, writer, producer and director.



Born in Paris, he is the nephew of François Mitterrand, who was the President of France from 1981 to 1995, and the son of engineer Robert Mitterrand[1] (1915-2002) and Edith Cahier, the niece of Eugène Deloncle, the co-founder of "La Cagoule".[citation needed]

He went to the Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris and studied history and geography at the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, and political science at Sciences Po. He taught economics, history and geography at EABJM from 1968 to 1971. In 1978, he was a film critic at J'informe. From 1971 to 1986, he ran several art film cinemas in Paris (Olympic Palace, Entrepôt and Olympic-Entrepôt).[2] He also had roles in a number of films, and was in the 1980s active as a producer and director in TV productions.

In June 2008, Mitterrand was appointed as the director of the French Academy in Rome by President Nicolas Sarkozy.[3]

A year later, on 23 June 2009, Mitterrand was appointed to the French government as the Minister of Culture and Communications[4]

Mitterrand, who is openly bisexual, writes a monthly column for Têtu.[5]

Mitterrand's autobiographical novel The Bad Life

Mitterrand's autobiographical novel The Bad Life (French: La mauvaise vie) was a best seller in 2005. In the book he details his "delight" whilst visiting the male brothels of Bangkok, and writes, "I got into the habit of paying for boys ... The profusion of young, very attractive and immediately available boys put me in a state of desire I no longer needed to restrain or hide." At the time of its release Mitterrand was applauded for his honesty, but he has had to defend his writings after he publicly defended Roman Polanski when Polanski was detained in Switzerland on an American request for extradition for having sex with a thirteen year old girl.[6]

On October 5 2009 Marine Le Pen of the French National Front Party quoted sections of the book on French television, accusing him of having sex with underage boys and engaging in "sex tourism", demanding that Mitterrand resign his position as culture minister. Amongst others he was also criticised by the Socialist Party spokesman Benoît Hamon, who stated: “As a minister of culture he has drawn attention to himself by defending a film maker and he has written a book where he said he took advantage of sexual tourism. To say the least, I find it shocking.”[7] On the other hand, some conservatives supported Mitterrand, and a close aide to Nicolas Sarkozy said the French President backed his Culture Minister, describing the controversy around him as "pathetic."[8] Mitterrand also insists the book isn't an autobiography, the publisher describes it as a "novel inspired by autobiography" and the BBC refers to it as "autobiographical novel".[1][9][10] In his own defence Mitterand stated, "Each time I was with people who were my age, or who were five years younger – there wasn't the slightest ambiguity – and who were consenting," and that he uses the term "boys" loosely, both in his life and in the book. He also declared, "I condemn sexual tourism, which is a disgrace. I condemn paedophilia, which I have never in any way participated in."[11][12]


as an actor:

as a producer:

  • Les Aigles foudroyés, documentary
  • Mémoires d'exil, documentary
  • Fairouz, documentary, 1998
  • Je suis la Folle de Brejnev, 2001


  • Tous désirs confondus, Actes Sud, 1988, new ed. 2009
  • Mémoires d'exil, Robert Laffont, 1990, ISBN 978-2-2210-9023-7
  • Destins d'étoiles - tomes 1, 2, 3, 4 - Fixot, 1991-1992
  • Monte Carlo : la légende, Assouline, 1993
  • Une saison tunisienne, sous la direction de Frédéric Mitterrand et Soraya Elyes-Ferchichi, Actes Sud, 1995
  • L'Ange bleu : un film de Joseph von Sternberg, Plume, 1995
  • Madame Butterfly, Plume, 1995
  • Les Aigles foudroyés - la fin des Romanov des Habsbourg et des Hohenzollern, Pocket, 1998
  • Un jour dans le siècle, Robert Laffont, 2000
  • La Mauvaise Vie, Robert Laffont, 2005
  • Lettres d'amour en Somalie, Pocket, septembre 2006
  • Maroc, 1900-1960 Un certain regard, avec Abdellah Taïa, Actes Sud, 2007
  • Le Festival de Cannes, Robert Laffont, 2007


  1. ^ a b Schofield, Hugh (9 October 2009). "'Bad Life' minister's colourful dynasty". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ (2008-06-04). 'Frédéric Mitterrand nommé à la Villa Médicis', in L'Express, 4 June 2008. Retrieved from
  4. ^ LE MONDE.FR (2009-06-23). 'Frédéric Mitterrand confirme sa venue à la culture', in Le Monde, 23 June 2009. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Frédéric Mitterrand, 'Lettre Romaine', in Têtu, July-August 2009, issue 146, p. 20
  6. ^ "Frédéric Mitterrand admitted to paying for sex with 'young boys’ in Thailand". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterand fights to save job in rent boy row". The Times. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Mitterrand: A Friend to Polanski — and Young Boys?". Time online.,8599,1929246,00.html. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sarkozy backs sex tourism minister". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  10. ^ "French culture minister denies paying boys for sex". The Associated Press. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  11. ^ "French pol Mitterrand forced to clarify 'sex with boys' comments after he defends Roman Polanski". Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 
  12. ^ "'Bad life' haunts Frederic Mitterrand". the australian news.,25197,26184126-2703,00.html. Retrieved October 9th, 2009. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Richard Peduzzi
Director of the
French Academy in Rome

2008 - 2009
Succeeded by
'Not appointed yet'
Political offices
Preceded by
Christine Albanel
Minister of Culture and Communications of France
23 June 2009 –
Succeeded by

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