是个人私事吗?

公众人物可以有私生活吗?最近发生在三个国家的事件突出了这一问题的重要性。

在法国总统选举中,两名候选人都试图让他们的家庭事务从他们的竞选中分离开来。奥朗德是罗亚尔的四个孩子的父亲,但是罗亚尔并没有和他结婚。当被问及他们是否是夫妻的时候,罗亚尔回答说:“我们的生活属于我们自己。”同样地,在应对当选总统萨尔科奇的妻子已经离他而去的传言时,萨尔科奇的一名发言人说:“这是一个私人问题。”

法国人具有尊重政治人物个人生活隐私的悠久传统,而法国的舆论也要比美国的更为宽宏大量。在美国,一个没有结婚的四个孩子的母亲是没有机会被提名成为一个主要政党总统候选人的。实际上在上个月,美国国务院最高外国援助顾问脱拜尔斯在承认他使用了据称是提供“性爱幻想”的陪伴服务后辞职,尽管他说他只是接受了按摩。

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