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Toulouse elite snared in tale of sex soirees (More French corruption)
The Times (UK) ^ | June 22, 2003 | Matthew Campbell

Posted on 06/22/2003 10:06:39 AM PDT by jalisco555

AN anti-pornography campaigner, who heads France’s broadcasting authority, has been accused of attending sadomasochistic orgies and conniving in the murder of a transvestite prostitute who threatened to expose him and other pillars of the establishment in the city of Toulouse. So serious are the allegations against Dominique Baudis, 56, the former mayor of Toulouse, that President Jacques Chirac may be forced to sack him from his post as director of the watchdog Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovision.

Baudis, who was Toulouse’s mayor for 18 years until 2001, has been accused by Patrice Alègre, a convicted serial killer, and two former prostitutes of leading a double life as a sadomasochist nicknamed Nenette.

Alègre alleges that Baudi and another man ordered him to retrieve videotapes of orgies that were secretly filmed at a chateau by Claude Martinez, a transvestite. Martinez is said to have planned to use the tapes for blackmail.

Even by French standards, the scandal is a lurid affair and it has reverberated far beyond Toulouse, the capital of cassoulet, aeronautics and French rugby. The whole country has been transfixed by every twist and turn.

In Toulouse itself, a city of 400,000, the affair has produced shock and bewilderment. The pinkish glow of the red-brick ville rose now extends to the cheeks of several members of the elite whose names have surfaced in police inquiries into drug-fuelled sex soirées. Magistrates are among those alleged to have helped to protect Alègre, who organised the parties.

By far the most startling figure to emerge in the saga, however, is Baudis. When he was a television news presenter in the 1970s millions of viewers voted him “the ideal son-in-law” in a survey. He became one of the most popular mayors in the country.

More recently he had become known as an anti-sleaze campaigner, using his position in Paris to lobby for the removal of pornographic films from French television. He seems an unlikely devotee of the “dungeon”, one of the places in which the prostitutes claim that he joined in orgies, and his supporters have set up a “committee against calumny” in his defence.

“Even if he had had impulses to engage in an orgy,” said Claude Llabres, its president, “he would never have put them into practice in Toulouse. Even the most depoliticised concierge would have said to him, ‘Bonjour, monsieur le maire’.”

The allegations are taken seriously, however, by a murder squad set up to investigate the disappearance of 115 women and girls in the region since 1992. As a result of its investigation Alègre, 34, was convicted last year of six murders and five rapes. He was sentenced to life in prison after refusing to explain his actions or show any remorse.

Investigators always suspected that the steely-gazed killer had claimed more lives than he admitted and the hunt for further clues led them to “Patricia” and “Fanny”, two former prostitutes. Their testimony has helped to solve two other killings and build up a picture of Alègre — a policeman’s son who worked for years in the Toulouse police canteen — as the linchpin of a vice ring protected by politicians, magistrates and members of the police “morals brigade”.

Detectives drafted in from Paris believe this protection could explain why some of the killings of prostitutes were classed by police as suicides, baffling even Alègre. “I don’t understand why nobody saw the strangulation marks that must have been on her body,” he said of one victim.

Patricia said she had seen Alègre strangle a woman at a house by a lake; Fanny claimed she had watched as Alègre sodomised and strangled Line Galbardi, a Canadian prostitute, in a hotel. The victim had threatened to inform on Alègre.

Alègre later confirmed the women’s accounts. Then came his sensational confession to the killing he said had been ordered by Baudis and Marc Bourragué, a former deputy public prosecutor in Toulouse.

In a letter to a popular television presenter, he admitted murdering Martinez before the transvestite’s films of sadomasochistic sex sessions could be used to extort money from participants. “I was asked (by Baudis and Bourragué) to go and recover the cassettes in question and silence Martinez, which I did,” Alègre said.

Yesterday police were questioning Lakhdar Messaoudene, an Algerian expelled from France after serving a prison sentence for pimping. Alègre maintains that he handed over the incriminating film to Bourragué.

The city’s judiciary has been left in tatters by the affair. Jean Volff, the prosecutor-general, has been sacked on orders from Paris, where interior ministry officials felt that a “fresh pair of eyes” was needed.

One judge raised eyebrows by admitting that he had once had “a drink” with Alègre. A magistrate asked to be dismissed from the case last week because she knew so many of those cited in the events.

Indeed, so many local officials are under scrutiny that a grim humour has set in at the town hall. “If you want to get your own back on someone it suffices to tell them over a drink that you hear they have been named in the Alègre dossier,” laughed one.

For Baudis it is no laughing matter. Initially he argued that the pornography industry was out to blacken his name because of his efforts to ban its products from television.

More recently he has been lashing out at the local newspaper, La Dépêche du Midi. The paper denies being involved in a political vendetta. “We didn’t invent anything,” said one of its journalists. “We didn’t have to.”

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: corruption; france; sadomasochism; weasels
Bizarre even by French standards.
1 posted on 06/22/2003 10:06:39 AM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555
The French? Corrupt, lecherous and hypocritical? Mais non!
2 posted on 06/22/2003 10:14:45 AM PDT by Loyalist (Keeper of the Schismatic Orc Ping List. Freepmail me if you want on or off it.)
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To: jalisco555
Holy cr*p, this is some story. It seems like even if it's a put-up job on the mayor fellow there are a lot of high-up people involved with this. It isn't clear why they are interviewing the Algerian tho'.

I have also read on these threads of a big child porno scandle in Portugal. It involves high-ranking gov't folks using children from state run orphanages in orgies.

And yet there are those who would urge us to follow Europe's lead in all things. Not to say there are not perverts, pedophiles and murderers in the US, and the RC Clergy and Bishops seem to have been imported wholesale from the Old World, and then there's the Mayor of Bridgeport, CT, he'll be serving hard time for a good long while. And then there are the many, many "disappeared" women on the US/Mexican border. Ack! My head's doing a Linda Blair!

SHEESH, the whole world is a mess. Now I'm depressed!
4 posted on 06/22/2003 10:26:08 AM PDT by jocon307 (You think I exagerate? You don't know the half of it!)
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To: dubyaismypresident
francophobe ping ; )
5 posted on 06/22/2003 10:27:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: jocon307
Revealed :Dominique Baudis' lawyer, Francis Spizner, is also Jacques Chirac's lawyer. The Toulouse's new prosecutor, Michel Barrau, nominated by the Justice minister, had been accused of hushing up the "HLM of Paris affair" involving Jacques Chirac .
6 posted on 06/22/2003 11:06:46 AM PDT by thierrya
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To: jalisco555
7 posted on 06/22/2003 11:40:07 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: jalisco555
Oh, no. You misperceive. He was just doing some research.
How can one maintain the highest broadcast standards without
knowing what NOT to allow on the air?

For every Billy Graham there is a Jim Bakker and Jimmie Swaggart.

I have honed cynicism to the point where I skip the middle
step of enlightened dictators of what is good for the rest of
us and operate under the assumption that all of these puritanical
pirates have no more conviction under what they espouse
than do their parrots. It saves a lot of disillusion.
8 posted on 06/22/2003 2:28:15 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: jalisco555
Nose-holding bump.
9 posted on 06/22/2003 4:03:01 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: jalisco555

Patrice Alègre.

10 posted on 06/22/2003 4:07:53 PM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: thierrya
Revealed :Dominique Baudis' lawyer, Francis Spizner, is also Jacques Chirac's lawyer. The Toulouse's new prosecutor, Michel Barrau, nominated by the Justice minister, had been accused of hushing up the "HLM of Paris affair" involving Jacques Chirac .

Very interesting bit of information.... thanks! Hope everything is going well with your efforts there? :-)

11 posted on 06/22/2003 4:58:22 PM PDT by Tamzee (Liberalism.... the willing suspense of rationality.)
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To: jalisco555; Loyalist; setcapt; jocon307; xsmommy; thierrya; RippleFire; gcruse; aculeus; Tamsey
Ex-mayor cleared of sex scandal
12 posted on 06/26/2003 5:09:25 PM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: jalisco555
,,, too loose in Toulouse.
13 posted on 06/26/2003 5:13:37 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: dighton

Compare to #10.

14 posted on 06/26/2003 5:33:44 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: dighton
Wow. Thanks for the follow-up.
15 posted on 06/26/2003 7:38:05 PM PDT by jalisco555 (Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.)
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