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JFK, Gaddafi and Brando 'all visited Paris brothel'
What do these three men have incommon? A Paris brothel, allegedly. Photo: AFP/BRQNetwork/Screengrab The Godfather

JFK, Gaddafi and Brando 'all visited Paris brothel'

Ben McPartland · 11 Aug 2014, 12:55

Published: 11 Aug 2014 12:55 GMT+02:00

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The goings on behind the doors of France’s most famous high-class brothel has finally been revealed and include some interesting revelations.

Madame Claude, now 91, ran the brothel in Paris and employed hundreds of call girls during the 60s and 70s, to meet the desires of the stars of the day, including politicians, actors and even dictators it seems.

After interviewing Madame Claude in the 1980s for a book that was never published, the acclaimed biographer William Stadiem, has finally revealed some of her secrets.

After talking to her former clients and staff Stadiem made his findings public in the article subheaded “Behind Claude’s Doors” in Vanity Fair magazine.

According to Claude ex-US president JFK was a regular client and once asked for a prostitute who looked like his wife Jackie “but hot”.

JFK was the not the only famous client to have frequented the brothel, Stadiem revealed that former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Oscar winning actor Marlon Brando were also regular visitors during the 1960s and 1970s.

“There are two things that people will always pay for, food and sex. I wasn't any good at cooking,” Claude is quoted as saying.

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Stadiem also claimed that the CIA once hired Claude’s “swans” as she referred to her call girls, to keep up morale during the Paris peace accords of 1973, which brought to an end US military involvement in Vietnam.

The madam also claimed famous painter Marc Chagall would regularly show up to paint nude portraits of the woman. 

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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