Morocco Investigates French Pol's Child Orgy Charges
Luc Ferry says government covered up for pedophile minister
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2011 2:05 AM CDT
Former French Education Minister Luc Ferry leaves the French child protection agency in Paris after he was questioned about his charges that an ex-minister was involved in an orgy with young boys.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A French minister was caught in the middle of an orgy with young boys in Morocco but it was covered up by France, a former French official has charged. French and Moroccan prosecutors have launched a probe into former education minister Luc Ferry's explosive allegations, presented during a TV talk show, the BBC reports. Ferry, a philosopher who was in government from 2002 until 2004, says the "highest authorities of the state," including a former prime minister, informed him of the incident at that time. The pedophile minister was flown back to France and authorities hushed it up, says Ferry.

It's not clear what government role, if any, the former minister may be playing now. Ferry refused to name the former minister for fear of running afoul of France's strict libel laws. Rumors of the Moroccan orgy have long circulated in French media circles, notes the Guardian. "All of us here probably all know who I'm talking about," Ferry told fellow panelists during a TV debate. Ferry's allegations come as French society is taking a harder look at the behavior of its politicians in the wake of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest on sex assault charges.