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Entertainment The writer Gabriel Matzneff definitely deprived of public aid, announces Roselyne Bachelot

02:05  25 september  2020
02:05  25 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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France has stripped paedophile writer Gabriel Matzneff of all state aid , the country's culture minister said Friday. The controversial essayist, who never "I can assure you that Gabriel Matzneff is no longer getting his grant," Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot told the publishing weekly, Livres Hebdo.

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Accused of pedophilia, the writer Gabriel Matzneff is now deprived of the annual allowance he had received until now, we learned from the Minister of Culture on Thursday, September 24.

The writer Gabriel Matzneff , targeted by an investigation for rapes of minors under the age of fifteen, is definitely deprived of the public aid that he has long received , said Thursday, September 24 the minister from Culture Roselyne Bachelot to Livres Hebdo.

"I can assure you that Gabriel Matzneff no longer receives his allowance" , she said of the allowance for low-income writers paid from 2002 by the National Book Center (CNL). She did not say when the payments stopped.

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"This allowance is not justified"

The scandal had erupted on the occasion of the publication in early January of a story by the editor Vanessa Springora, Le Consentement , on the years in which she had been trained at 14 years old in a relationship with Gabriel Matzneff, who was approaching 50.

Four days after this publication, the Minister of Culture Franck Riester had recommended to end this aid from a public establishment. "This allowance is not justified and should not have lasted" , he wrote. But the fate of this case has not been known since.

Interviewed by the literary monthly, Roselyne Bachelot felt that the debate was still relevant.

"This should get the book industry thinking"

"Consent is an extremely important book, which introduced a fine reflection on what constitutes sexual assault and a situation of control. I thank Vanessa Springora ”, she said.

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The French literary establishment once protected a writer who boasted of his predilection for underage girls. Prosecutors have now opened a rape inquiry. On 7 January Gallimard, one of France’s most revered publishing houses, announced that it was cancelling the publication of Matzneff ’s latest tome.

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"Whenever there are power issues, financial issues, there are phenomena of sexual abuse. This should lead the book sector to think about preventive measures to be taken in companies, but also much more proactive measures, such as a concern for parity in the juries of the grand prix d'automne and in the management bodies of the houses. edition ”, she added.

160,000 euros paid in 18 years

Gabriel Matzneff remained edited by Gallimard until 2019, and in 2013 won the Renaudot essays prize for Séraphin, c'est la fin !, a collection of articles in which he claims his pedophilia , among other considerations.

According to press reports, the CNL would have paid more than 160,000 euros in 18 years to this author known in certain circles for his taste for very young girls and boys.

This sum, along with social housing, provided him with a livelihood, as his many books (newspaper volumes, novels and essays) were generally poorly sold.

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No sign of life

Gabriel Matzneff, 84, has not given any sign of life since an interview with the New York Times in February from the hotel on the coast of Liguria (north-west Italy) where he was staying when the controversy was raging.

The prosecution also did not communicate on the progress of the investigation, which led to several searches. No indictment has been made public in this case, where investigators are looking for victims other than Vanessa Springora.

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The case splashed the former deputy for Culture of the mayor of Paris, Christophe Girard , implicated in particular as former secretary general of the Maison Yves Saint-Laurent between 1986 and 1987, a structure which provided financial support to the writer.

Gabriel Matzneff is to be tried in September 2021 in another procedure, for apologia for a crime, before the Paris Criminal Court, where he was summoned to appear by the association for the prevention of pedophilia, the Blue Angel.

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