Millionaire French mayor forced to apologize over sex tape with married woman

A French millionaire mayor and former MP has publicly apologized after he was caught up in a sex tape scandal with a married woman that he believes cost him re-election to the French parliament.

Millionaire French mayor forced to apologize over sex tape with married woman
Millionaire mayor Jean-Paul Dupré (left) in the French parliament. Photo: AFP
Jean-Paul Dupré, the Socialist mayor of the town of Limoux, near Toulouse in south west France, found himself in the unusual position of having to publicly apologise to his town council for a sex tape in which he stars, apparently with a married woman. 
Until recently Dupré was a member of France's parliament representing a constituency in the southern department of Aude in the French parliament but was not re-elected in the parliamentary elections earlier this month.
Dupré believes that the tape, which started appearing on social media networks, including Youtube, cost him his seat.
The mayor is pressing charges against blogger Boris Le Lay who was reportedly responsible for originally posted the video on Youtube before it was shared on other sites.
But Le Lay, who identifies himself as a fascist and has posted several political videos on Youtube, some of which target the mayor personally, is currently living in Japan seemingly to avoid previous warrants for his arrest in France for racism. 
As well as apologising to the town council, the Socialist mayor said: “The victims don't forget, that's my family and me.
“The guilty are those who started sharing the tape and those who shared it in a defamatory way and in a way that would damage my reputation,” Dupré told the town council, according to reports in French newspaper Le Depeche du Midi
The Limoux mayor went on to call it a “meticulous” and “machiavellian plot”.  


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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.