Culture Minister “supports” victims

Gabriel Matzneff – ANDERSEN ULF / SIPA

Reactions to the Matzneff affair continue to flow. The Minister of Culture Franck Riester gave support on Saturday to “all the victims” of the writer Gabriel Matzneff, at the heart of a controversy for his sexual attraction for young adolescents.

Victims can call 119

“The literary aura is not a guarantee of impunity. I give my full support to all the victims who have the courage to break the silence, “wrote the minister before the publication in early January of” Consent “, testimony by the editor Vanessa Springora, seduced at 14 by Matzneff. “I invite them, as well as any witness to violence committed against children, to contact 119,” continued Franck Riester.

The Minister also asked the National Book Center (CNL) to provide him with “all the details” concerning an allowance paid to certain writers to compensate for the financial difficulties linked to old age or illness, of which Gabriel Matzneff is the beneficiary. “I will take my responsibilities,” added the minister.

Gabriel Matzneff’s 83-year-old proclaimed taste for young girls and boys has never made the publishing world blink, but the January 2 release of “Consent” changed the game . Vanessa Springora tells in her book how she was seduced by the almost fifties in the mid-1980s and the weight of this story on her life, punctuated by depressions.

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