French child-sex author mouths 'regrets' but attacks 'neo-puritanism'

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Gabriel Matznef, 83, an author once fêted among French lietrati who wrote of his enjoyment of grooming girl and boy minors for sex in France and abroad and who was publicly shamed after one of his past victims published an account of her experiences, has said 'if I did something that was not good I regret it', while also denouncing what he called 'a wave of neo-puritanism' following the removal from sale of his books.  

François Maspero, a lifelong 'résistant'


The death was announced this week of the French publisher, writer, translator and poet François Maspero, at the age of 83. In this homage to Maspero, Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel recounts, in words and video recordings, the extraordinary life of a man who was characterized by his unflagging combat against injustice and imposture, and also how he became an inspirational and tutelary figure for Mediapart itself.

US author Danielle Steel awarded France's highest honour

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Steel joins other foreigners such as Bob Dylan and Philip Roth awarded the 'Legion d'honneur' in recognition of service to France or its ideals.