The Bad Life

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The Bad Life (French: La Mauvaise Vie) is a 2005 French novel by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. The novel is partly autobiographical but fictionalized to a certain extent.[1] The novel has been praised by critics for its "literary boldness" and "provocative examination of homosexuality".[2]

In 2009, the novel caused controversy for its description of gay prostitution in Thailand,[3] Frederic Mitterrand was then accused of being a paedophile.[4]


  1. ^ Fernandez, Dominique (31 March 2005). "Frédéric et les garçons" (in French). Le Nouvel Observateur. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Crumley, Bruce (8 October 2009). "Mitterrand: A Friend to Polanski — and Young Boys?". Time. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Schofield, Hugh (9 October 2009). "'Bad Life' minister's colourful dynasty". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Frederic Mitterrand, French Minister, Fights For Job After Boasts Of Sex With Young Boys". Huffington Post. 8 October 2009.