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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Polémique: Copé se retrouve à poil

by Benoit Delrue

Controversy Leaves Copé In the Buff...

Translated Wednesday 12 February 2014, by Isabelle Métral

The president of the Rightist UMP claimed that the children’s book Everyone In the Buff, was taught at school.

“My heart missed a beat, I saw red.” Last Sunday a vindictive Jean-François Copé turned up on the RTL set carrying the children’s book Everyone In the Buff, which he claimed was “on the list of recommended books for elementary school teachers.” In fact, the book is to be found only on a list of 92 children’s albums drawn up by an association with a view to challenging boy-vs-girl stereotypes and relayed by the regional education authority.

The book came out discreetly three years ago; it shows naked people, "from the plump baby to the noisy neighbor, from the un-hurrying granny to the lumpy, awkward doctor, all of whom strip off to answer the call of the sea,” the publisher explained with his tongue in his cheek.

But Jean-François Copé hardly relished the humour. Speaking on the radio, he turned page after page reeling off his litany: “The baby’s in the buff, the baby-sitter’s in the buff, the neighbour’s in the buff…The CEO’s in the buff, oh now he would be, wouldn’t he, only natural!” The president of the UMP does not like the idea that the youngest can picture one of his CEO friends without his Sunday suit.

Being the umpteenth episode of the reactionary controversy on the so-called gender theory, Copé’s virulence elicited only a smile from some government’s representatives. Others, like Education Minister Vincent Peillon, warned against “such most regrettable inquisitorial demeanour”. While Cécile Duflot, minister for culture, ironized: “What does Copé think of The little mole that wanted to find out who did their business on its head?

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