Celebrated French Writer, Gabriel Matzneff, Has Been Charged With Pedophilia

Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project

Thanks to Gilad Atzmon for putting French writer and notorious pedophile Gabriel Matzneff in a much larger, relevantly Jewish perspective. Below, in an article for Unz Review titled Being Ahead of Time, Atzmon critiques a piece by Jonah Goldberg from The Jewish World Review about Matzneff.

Of Matzneff and snobbish, elite French culture in the 70s, Goldberg says the following:

… His whole identity was invested in the seduction of children and teenagers.

Sociologist Pierre Verdrager, the author of “L’Enfant Interdit,” or “Forbidden Child,” which chronicled the politics of pedophilia in 1970s France, told Onishi: “There was an aristocracy of sexuality, an elite that was united in putting forth new attitudes and behavior toward sex. And they were also grounded in an extreme prejudice toward ordinary people, whom they regarded as idiots and fools.”

America, so backwardly bourgeois in the eyes of these aristocrats, doesn’t have France’s problems, but it is hardly immune to such dynamics. Director Roman Polanski, who fled America rather than face sentencing for statutory rape, is routinely defended by Hollywood royalty in part because of a similar aristocratic attitude.

Matzneff is a good example of what can happen when people who share a self-styled radical worldview capture the commanding heights of the culture and consider themselves above the rubes from whom they make their money.

In Atzmon’s article, he places radical sexuality and advocacy of pedophilia squarely in elite Jewish culture going back close to 100 years, not as a product of the arrogance of the young ’68 sexual révolutionnaires:

It was therefore just a matter of time before some Jews would admit that the involvement of a few prominent Jewish celebrities in some spectacular sex crimes is becoming rather embarrassing and even dangerous for the Jews.

It seems as if Jonah Goldberg has launched the ‘Jews against pedophilia’ campaign. Today, The Jewish World Review published an article titled “French pedo flap a cautionary tale for OUR cultural aristocrats.” In the commentary, Goldberg digs into the activities of Jewish radical ideology, along with those of the notorious paedophile, Gabriel Matzneff.

Goldberg was triggered by a New York Times article that examined the rise and fall of the paedophilia devotee. Matzneff is 83, an old man now, but he has been the darling of the French literary world and media for decades: his work was supported by leading newspapers and literary publications. “He’d appear on highbrow TV shows,” Goldberg writes, where he’d “regale interviewers and audiences with the sublime pleasures of having sex with children in France and on sex tours of southeast Asia.”

In his book “Under 16 Years Old,” Matzneff wrote, “To sleep with a child, it’s a holy experience, a baptismal event, a sacred adventure.”

But the contrast Goldberg draws between Jeffrey Epstein (pictured) and Matzneff is surprisingly clumsy: “The well-connected billionaire spent vast sums to keep his sexual abuses at least somewhat secret. Matzneff not only confessed to his crimes, his confessions were celebrated as literary contributions.” I feel the need to remind Goldberg that nicknaming one’s plane the “Lolita Express” is hardly an attempt to hide one’s sexual morbidity and crimes. If anything Matzneff is like Epstein in that both celebrated a peculiar sense of impunity. Needless to mention, no Jewish outlet denounced either of them or their not very secretive activities before they were caught and charged.

Jewish Radicals and the role of the Orgasm

Next comes the ‘rationalisation.’ “Matzneff was a Child of 68,” Goldberg writes, “a product of the left-wing ‘May 68’ movement that shook France in the 1960s. These radicals subscribed to the idea that anything smacking of traditionalism or bourgeois morality was backward. Conventional sexual morality was part of the same rotten edifice as imperialism and racism.”

Goldberg doesn’t approve of the ‘Jewish radicals and their ideology. He reminds us that “a few years ago, Daniel Cohn-Bendit (pictured, a.k.a. Dany le Rouge), the famous former radical and leader of the European Green movement, got in hot water for his earlier writings and statements about “erotic” encounters with 5-year-olds. He (Cohn-Bendit ) dodged major consequences by disavowing his own words, saying they were merely intended to provoke.”

Goldberg is a well-known and successful writer, he could have published his criticism of Matzneff and Jewish radicals in numerous national American news outlets but, presumably he made the decision to use a Jewish outlet. Whether intentionally or not, Goldberg provides an insight into Jewish survival strategy in general and Jewish controlled opposition in particular. Criticizing radical philosophy and the advocacy of pedophilia on ideological grounds by Jews in a Jewish media outlet conveys the image that Jews can deal with their problems. The goyim should let it go or, even better, move on.

But Goldberg’s account is either mistaken or misleading. The sex revolution that branched into advocating paedophilia wasn’t invented in 1968. Its radical Jewish roots take us back to the 1920-30s and, in particular, to the early work of Wilhelm Reich …

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A Celebrated French Writer Has Been Charged With Pedophilia

How did a celebrated French writer get away with writing brazen accounts of his sexual relations with minors for decades?

That’s the question the world is asking about French writer Gabriel Matzneff, who was charged on Wednesday with promoting the sexual abuse of children.
Gabriel Matzneff.
Gabriel Matzneff. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images
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On January 2, Vanessa Springora (pictured), a leading French publishing director, published the memoir Le Consentement, in which she details how Matzneff seduced her when she was 14 and he was 50. In the book, she also recalls discovering his nonfiction writings, in which he described his sexual relations with countless other boys and girls. “My goal actually was to lock him up in a book, to catch him in his own trap, because that’s what he did to me and that’s what he did to many young girls,” Springora said on the television show La Grande Librairie. After Springora’s book was published, Matzneff was dropped by his three publishers, lost stipends and honors, and prosecutors announced they were opening an investigation.

“This is the Me Too of the French publishing world,” François Busnel, host of La Grande Librairie, said, per the New York Times. “A voice has been set free in an environment, the French literary environment, which is male chauvinist, quite misogynistic, and which stays silent — omertà.”

The case against Matzneff seems particularly egregious. In 1974, he published the book Les Moins de Seize Ans, which the Times describes as a “full-throated defense of pedophilia.” In it, he writes, “To sleep with a child, it’s a holy experience, a baptismal event, a sacred adventure.” In his 1985 diaries, Un Galop d’Enfer, he writes, “Sometimes, I’ll have as many as four boys — from 8 to 14 years old — in my bed at the same time, and I’ll engage in the most exquisite lovemaking with them.”

As the Times notes, Matzneff wasn’t the only prominent writer of his generation who spoke out against age-of-consent laws: French thinkers including Michel Foucault and Jean-Paul Sartre also defended sexual relations with minors.

For years, Matzneff was celebrated in France as a brave voice in the literary world. In 1986, writing in a literary magazine, then-French president François Mitterrand praised Matzneff as a writer who “has always amazed with his extreme taste for rigor and with the depth of his thinking.” The same year, when police opened a brief investigation into Matzneff after receiving anonymous tips that he was staying in an apartment with 14-year-old Springora, the detectives wrote off the tips as “the work of a literary rival.” Matzneff and Springora later moved to an apartment to hide, which, according to Matzneff, was paid for by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. And despite all of this, Matzneff continued to receive acclaim: In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Renaudot literary prize.

While the the statute of limitations appears to have expired in Springora’s case, the Times notes, the investigation into Matzneff is just beginning. On Tuesday, prosecutors announced that police are asking other victims and witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile, Matzneff, who has been hiding in the Italian Riviera and reportedly didn’t appear in court, doesn’t appear to feel any remorse. In a scathing interview with the Times the day before he was charged, he condemned those who are accusing him of wrongdoing, saying, “Who are they to judge? These associations of the virtuous, how do they sleep, what do they do in bed and who do they sleep with, and their secret, repressed desires?”

Matzneff’s trial, which will also look investigate the role of those who published his books and promoted his career, is set to begin in September 2021. If convicted, Matzneff faces up to five years in prison. He could be called to appear in court sooner, however, if he is charged with a specific case of abuse. Currently, prosecutors are actively searching for other victims, and looking to press criminal charges against the writer.

This post has been updated with additional information.

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