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FrenchBorn Frédéric MITTERRAND

French screenwriter, television presenter, writer, producer and director

Born on August 21, 1947 in Paris , France

Died on March 21, 2024 in Paris , France

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Frédéric Mitterrand (21 August 1947 – 21 March 2024) was a French politician who served as Minister of Culture and Communication of France from 2009 to 2012 under President Nicolas Sarkozy. He was an actor, screenwriter, television presenter, writer, producer, and director.

...   Frédéric Mitterrand (21 August 1947 – 21 March 2024) was a French politician who served as Minister of Culture and Communication of France from 2009 to 2012 under President Nicolas Sarkozy. He was an actor, screenwriter, television presenter, writer, producer, and director.

Born in Paris, he was the nephew of François Mitterrand (1916–1996), who was the president of France from 1981 to 1995, and the son of engineer Robert Mitterrand (1915–2002) and Édith Cahier, the niece of Eugène Deloncle, the co-founder of "La Cagoule".Mitterrand attended 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). He also had roles in a number of films, and in the 1980s was active as a producer and director in TV productions.In June 2008, Mitterrand was appointed the director of the French Academy in Rome by President Nicolas Sarkozy.A year later, on 23 June 2009, Mitterrand was appointed to the French government as the Minister of Culture and Communications until May 2012.Frédéric Mitterrand also has Tunisian nationality.Mitterrand, who was openly bisexual, penned a monthly column for Têtu.Frédéric Mitterrand died on 21 March 2024, at the age of 76.

The Bad Life
Mitterrand's autobiographical novel The Bad Life (French: La mauvaise vie) was a best seller in 2005. In the book he detailed his "delight" whilst visiting the male brothels of Bangkok, and wrote ..."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 had to defend his writings after he publicly defended Roman Polanski when Polanski was detained in Switzerland on an American request for extradition for raping a thirteen-year-old girl.On 5 October 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." 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".Mitterrand insisted the book is not an autobiography, the publisher describes it as a "novel inspired by autobiography" and the BBC refers to it as "autobiographical novel". In his own defence Mitterrand 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."

1960: Fortunat
1992: La collection secrète de Salvador Dalí by Otto Kelmer
1997: Mon copain Rachid, by Philippe Barassat
1998: Que la lumière soit, by Arthur Joffé
2001: Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre JeunetDirector
1981: Lettres d'amour en Somalie
1984: Paris vu par… vingt ans plus tard
1995: Madame Butterfly, adaption of the Puccini operaProducer
Les Aigles foudroyés, documentary
Mémoires d'exil, documentary
Fairouz, documentary, 1998
Je suis la Folle de Brejnev, 2001
FARAH: The Last Empress, documentary 2009

Tous désirs confondus, Actes Sud, 1988, new ed. 2009
Mémoires d'exil, Robert Laffont, 1990, ISBN 978-2-221-09023-7
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, September 2006
Maroc, 1900–1960 Un certain regard, avec Abdellah Taïa, Actes Sud, 2007
Le Festival de Cannes, Robert Laffont, 2007
Le désir et la chance, Robert Laffont, 2012
La récréation, Robert Laffont, 2013


National honours
France: Former Chancellor Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour
France: Former Chancellor Officer of the National Order of Merit
France: Former Chancellor Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, 1st Class

Foreign honours
Monaco: Knight Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit
Romanian Royal Family: Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown
Romanian Royal Family: Knight of the Royal Decoration of the Cross of the Romanian Royal House


External links

Frédéric Mitterrand at IMDb
(In French) A passage from Mitterrand's autobiography, "La Mauvaise Vie" (Edition Robert Laffont, 360 p., 2005), pages 293 à 307. publisher LeMonde.Fr

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


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