from Political News
April 10, 2007 - France's "right-wing" presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has come under attack for asserting that pedophilia might be genetic in origin.
Sarkozy made his comments in an issue of Philosophie magazine, where he said he was inclined to "think that people are born pedophiles, and that it is also a problem that we do not know how to manage." He also asserted that teen suicides occurred "because genetically, they are fragile and have a pre-existing sadness."
Bernard Golse, a child psychiatrist at Paris' Neckar hospital, said his comments reflected "a very linear, productive and falsely predictable way of using genetics" and it would be "scientifically baseless to launch a crusade based on the genetic aspects of pedophilia."
Archbishop of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois said that his remarks were "purely ideological nonsense and completely out of touch with current scientific and genetic knowledge."
Gerard Schmidt, of the French College of Child psychiatry, warned against making predictions based upon an individual is genetic makeup same human brain continues to mature through to adolescence.
Sarkozy is leading the race, two weeks ahead of the April 22 first round of voting. In France. A vote on the top two candidates will be decided on May 6.