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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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VIDEO: French police violence sparks outrage

Prosecutors in central France have launched a probe after a video (below) was posted online showing a police officer beating a woman with a baton, and spraying tear gas directly into her face during an arrest. The video has sparked outrage among viewers.

VIDEO: French police violence sparks outrage
The moment in the video where a police officer appears to spray tear gas directly into the face of a woman, during an arrest in central France. Photo: NasserTkt/Youtube

The eight-minute video (see below), which has been watched more than 600,000 times on Youtube, shows the later stages of an arrest taking place on rue Pierre Coubertin in the town of Joué-les-Tours, in the Indre-et-Loire department.

According to local daily La Nouvelle Republique, the two officers had stopped a car driving erratically on the street early on Sunday morning, and found the driver highly intoxicated.

The latter became uncooperative and unruly when asked to submit to the alcohol test, and a female passenger intervened, allegedly biting one of the two officers, according to a representative of the Unité SGP police officers union, who spoke to France Bleu radio on Tuesday.

The video begins with one officer attempting to subdue the driver and keep him on the ground, while the second officer grapples with one of the female passengers, striking her freely with his baton, including once, with force, on the face.

A few moments later, the same officer goes to his vehicle to retrieve tear gas, according to French daily Le Parisien, which he sprays in the face of the woman, before also spraying a second woman directly in the face.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday confirmed that the Inspectorate-General of the National Police had been informed of the events shown in the video.

Prosecutors in nearby Tours have said they intend to summon the two officers to tell their version of events, with a view to opening a full investigation, according to Le Parisien.

For his part, Valls warned: "There is no place in the police for violence, or views that have no accordance with the ideals of a republican police force."

"The police should be beyond reproach, and the vast majority of police officers do a difficult and remarkable job," Valls was quoted as saying by French daily Libération.

There has been overwhelmingly angry reaction from observers in France, with most condemning the actions of the police officers shown in the video.

Journalist Jean-Yves Viollier took to Twitter to express his outrage. "The policemen from Joué-les-Tours, gassing and beating a woman, should be suspended. They are a disgrace to French police."

 

A police union representative warned against drawing conclusions from the video without knowing all the facts. 

"The video may seem shocking but we don't know the context," Gaelle James of France's second-largest police union, Synergie Officiers, told AFP.

She said the officer involved had reacted after being pinned down by the woman and bitten three times.

"He clubbed her to get away," James said. "He had to intervene under very difficult conditions. We cannot forget that violence against the police is increasing. This doesn't shock me."

The following is the eight-minute video in question, entitled "Honte à la police francaise" (Shame on French police), by uploader Nasser Tkt.

It contains moments of violence that some readers might find upsetting.

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