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  • A French affair: Sex and politics

    World Policy Blog - 02/10/2014

    “Americans expect leaders to be role models for the nation, to display moral values that will see them fit to run the country. The media serves as watchdogs,” says Alice Sedar, former reporter for Le Monde and Le Figaro, and current professor of French culture at Northeastern University. “The French have a much more cynical approach. If a politician can do the job, what he does in his bedroom is no one’s business as long as it doesn’t interfere with the way the country is being administered.”

    The French have traditionally drawn a bold line between what the media can and cannot cover. Indeed, the French legal system is among the most protective when it comes to privacy laws. Historically, since the time of the royal court, the French have grown accustomed to unconfirmed or scandalous stories about their heads of states. But these stories have not interfered with the leader’s ability to hold office.

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