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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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Prude Brits left red faced over French ‘porno’ TV drama

Steamy French period drama is arousing the anger of the prude Brits and the French are enjoying mocking their "conservative" neighbours.

Prude Brits left red faced over French 'porno' TV drama
A shot from the trailer. Photo: Screengrab/Canal+

Trust the British to get hot under the collar about what the French would probably just describe as a romance.

The multi-million euro French period drama Versailles, which depicts King Louis XIV's life as he builds the Versailles Palace has aroused passions in the UK, but not of the kind the series had hoped for.

The ten-part series hasn't even hit British screens yet, but has already met with backlash from Conservative MPs, family rights activists in the UK and of course the country's right-wing tabloid The Daily Mail.

Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust told The Local: “Public service broadcasting is meant to be for the public benefit, but it is very difficult to see whose benefit is being served by showing such highly graphic and explicit scenes on TV.

“Amid mounting concern about the damaging consequences of pornography for individuals and their relationships, there is no justification for bringing such sexually explicit material into people's living rooms,” said Wells.

UK tabloid the Daily Mail, not exactly the country's moral compass, labelled Versailles as “primetime porn” and said it had “the most graphic sex scenes ever on British TV”.

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen told the newspaper: “There are channels where, if you wish to view this sort of material, you would have to pay for it. BBC viewers don’t have a choice. They have to pay for it whether they approve or not.”

 


 

The newspaper was shocked by the first episode of the €30 million series, which it noted “includes gay sex, a cross-dressing prince and a queen with a penchant for dwarves”.

However, not all of its commenters seemed to agree. One, DeeDee from Chelmsford argued: “There should definitely be a lot more male nudity on TV for female viewers to enjoy” and several readers eagerly asked when Versailles would be aired.

Over on this side of the channel, the French press didn't understand what all the fuss was about, and didn't miss the chance to poke fun at the prudish Brits.

“Versailles is a porno series for the conservative Brits” headlined France's Huffington Post, which added that the British “were grinding their teeth” at all the grinding going on in the period drama.

Le Figaro mocked: “For [the Daily Mail], it's a porno broadcast in prime time. Oh my!”


While website 20 Minutes simply stated the obvious: “Versailles – Nudity shocks the British”
 


The French have had no such problems stomaching the salacious series, which received positive reviews in the media and filming of its second season is underway.

Le Figaro's review promised that lovers of crime series would enjoy Versailles' “spectacular side”, and only found fault with the historical inaccuracies of the series, while the other main gripe of French viewers was the fact that the king was played by a British actor and the series was created in English.

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