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French newspaper stuns readers with porn pics

One of France's top regional newspapers has been ridiculed and criticized in equal measure after it splashed still images of a pornographic film that was being recorded in a local park on its front page as well in an inside spread. Warning: This story contains graphic images.

French newspaper stuns readers with porn pics
The front page of regional French paper Oise Hebdo which left a few readers shocked.
A regional newspaper covering the Oise departement north of Paris unleashed a storm of derision and outrage on social media after its front page story last week. 
 
Beneath the headline "The shooting of a porn film in a central park" was a graphic picture of a woman performing oral sex on a man while a cameraman went in for a close-up. Meanwhile, another member of crew looked on with his hands on his hips.
 
If that wasn't already enough to ruin breakfast for local residents of the Oise, the paper went deeper into the story, publishing a full page photo-spread of seemingly voyeuristic shots from the scene. These included images of the porn stars having sexual intercourse.
 
The paper – the Oise Hebdo – has been ridiculed for its trashy content before, reported the Metro newspaper, but can still boast being the fifth most-read regional weekly newspaper in the country.
 
This week's cover story prompted an outcry on Twitter where some users slammed the paper's lack of morals. According to reports on Monday several outraged family organisations have also launched legal action against the newspaper.
 
One reader simply wrote "Oise Hebdo knows no limit."
 
 
 
 
Others noticed that it was on sale in supermarkets next to the mini-shopping trolleys for children.
 
 
 
The user below wonders whether the press is in a state of crisis, while the next notes that the article inside is even more shocking than the front page.
 

 

 

And finally one tweeter noted that the paper's front page also carried an advert for 50 percent off at Flunch restaurants, suggesting readers might not be feeling too hungry after reading the newspaper.

 

However the paper's editor Vincent Gérard has defended his decision to publish the pictures although he admits he was inundated with phone calls from readers wishing to complain.

"For twenty-one years I've been at this newspaper and it's the first time that we've ever had a pornographic film being made in the city centre in broad daylight at 12.30pm, in a park 200 meters from the town hall.

"It's simply never been seen before. It's unprecedented. Oise Hebdo is the newspaper that tells it all," Gérard added.

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French porn star piqued over Macron’s desire to crackdown on X-rated films

A star of French porn films has challenged President Emmanuel Macron to meet with him and female porn actresses after France's leader aroused his anger by linking the porn industry to violence against women and inequality.

French porn star piqued over Macron's desire to crackdown on X-rated films
Manuel Ferrara (right) wants to talk porn with Emmanuel Macron. AFP

Manuel Ferrara was furious over the president's speech at the weekend which outlined his plan to tackle violence against women and ensure equality between the sexes.

According to Macron pornography makes women “an object of humiliation” and that action needs to be taken because porn films are now so widely watched among school children.

Ferrara hit back on Twitter and invited the president to discuss the issue.

“I am involved in this industry that you are trying to demonize by making this kind of remark. I am ready to sit down with you and discuss a topic that by all accounts you know nothing about. I'm waiting for your call!”

 

(Manuel Ferrara. AFP)

In an interview with France Inter radio the porn star continued to criticize the president saying he found his remark “shocking”.

“He demonizes the porn industry and is jumping to conclusions (faire un amalgame). It's the same with video games. It's like saying 'a teenager who plays Call of Duty is going to pick up a gun and kill everyone in his school'.”

Ferrara wants Macron to also talk to women involved in the pornography industry, which he insists is entertainment above all, to ask them what they think.

“There is a huge part of the porn industry that doesn't humiliate women,” he said, pointing to “niche films” in which women dominate men.

The actor admits that there is a real problem that young people can access porn online without any difficulty.

On Saturday Macron announced his plan to extend the powers of France's broadcasting regulator CSA to cover X-rated films as well as launch an awareness campaign on pornography in secondary schools.

“The CSA plays an indispensable role in regulating audiovisual content everywhere and stopping the most undignified behavior becoming a form of tacit propaganda,” said the president.

“Today we do not regulate access to video games, internet content and pornographic content that is increasingly available.”

In 2018, under the authority of the Prime Minister and with the special commitment of the Minister of Justice, we will have to rethink the framework of our regulation,” Macron said vowing to tighten controls on all content “which can… lead to violence, in particular against the women.”

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