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  • I can't believe France is protecting a child raper

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  • The French are absolutely correct to do what they're doing.

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  • It's wrong, but hey... cest la vie

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  • A little rape never harmed anyone.

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Thread: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

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    Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    A bit of background. Roman Polanski, a famous American film director, drugged and raped a 13 year old child. The child was an aspiring actress, and he was a powerful film director.

    He was 43 years old when he forced himself on the little girl.

    After being found guilty in a California court, Polanski fled to France hours before he was to be formally sentenced. The sentence was expected to be jail time.

    To this day, France refuses to extradite Polanski. Polanski lives a comfortable life in a French chateau, drinking wine and continuing to direct movies. Meanwhile a young girl's life was forever scarred.

    The French will not extradite him because they disapprove of the fact that the USA allows the death penalty (even though this is not a case where the death penalty would apply). They say they will extradite him only after the USA makes the death penalty illegal.

    How, if at all, does this case affect your perception of France?

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    It means France is sticking to their values, Canada and other the civilized countries in the world would do the same.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    It means France is sticking to their values, Canada and other the civilized countries in the world would do the same.
    I wouldn't call condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl "having values."

    More like lacking values.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I wouldn't call condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl "having values."

    More like lacking values.
    We do not the support the death sentence, we do not support eye for an eye.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    We do not the support the death sentence, we do not support eye for an eye.
    Alight, but there's a time and place to diplomatically voice that concern. This case has nothing to do with the death penalty. Holding justice for the little girl and her family hostage hardly seems right.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I wouldn't call condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl "having values."

    More like lacking values.
    Where did anything say "condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl was OK?" I must have missed that, or did you make it up?

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    The French allowed the extradition of Ira Einhorn once the commonwealth of Pennsylvania agreed to take the death penalty off the table. He is sitting in jail in PA as this is written. I'm guessing that someone in LA, where I think the Polanski crime happened isn't trying very hard to get him, but I could be wrong on that point.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I wouldn't call condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl "having values."

    More like lacking values.
    Refusing extradition doesn't mean condoning the crime. It doesn't follow.
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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Alight, but there's a time and place to diplomatically voice that concern. This case has nothing to do with the death penalty. Holding justice for the little girl and her family hostage hardly seems right.
    YOu mean now? He should not be extradited till the U.S. can agree to a life sentence instead of the death sentence. This has everything to do with the death penalty most countries that do not have the death penalty will not extradite people to countries with it.

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    re: Does the Roman Polanski affair affect your view of the French?[W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    Where did anything say "condoning the rape of a 13 year old girl was OK?" I must have missed that, or did you make it up?
    Well if you refuse to extradite the known rapist of a 13 year old girl, and you instead allow him to live and work freely and live a lavish lifestyle all under your protection, that's what I would call it.

    What would you call that?

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