Students at elite French universities formed 'rape club' and threatened to simulate 'mass sex attack at womens’ group'
Eight students facing disciplinary panel at Bordeaux Political collegeThey were members of the sexist group 'Dare to Choose Masculism'It planned to to invade feminist debate and 'simulate a mass sexual attack'Majority of members said they approved of gang rape in Facebook vote College forms part of the elite Sciences Po network
Scandal is 'evidence of institutional sexism among France's future leaders'
17:30 GMT, 6 February 2013
00:02 GMT, 7 February 2013
Alumnus: Shamed former IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn attended the Bordeaux college at the centre of the scandal
A sexist club at the former elite French college of shamed ex IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn advocated gang rape and suggested carrying out a simulated sexual attack on a feminist organisation.
Eight men are to facing a disciplinary panel at the Bordeaux Branch of the Institute of Political Studies, part of the Sciences Po network of institutes famous for educating many of the country's political and business leaders.
The men were members of the group Osez Le Masculism (Dare to Choose Masculism), which threatened to invade a debate being held by a feminist organisation and 'simulate a mass sexual attack'.
And when the group's leaders asked its 45-odd members to vote on Facebook as to whether or not they approved of gang rape, a majority replied that they did.
Sciences Po graduates include current French President Francois
Hollande, former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy, Jaques Chirac and Francois
Mitterandas, chairman of Air France Jean-Cyril Spinett and designer
Outraged feminists groups believe the scandal is evidence of institutional sexism among France's future political and business leaders.
A spokesman for Osez le Feminisme (Dare to Choose Feminism) said: 'These are the decision makers of tomorrow. It is totally unacceptable.'
However college spokesman Jean Petaux, said the male group consisted of a small number of 'idiots who want to make
anti-conformism their religion' and whose 'only aim is to shock'.
Sciences Po graduates include former French president and Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and current President Francois Hollande (right)
Mr Petaux admitted it was unlikely that any of the men would be expelled adding: 'We can't throw someone out because they clicked 'like' on a
However he added that if the club's founders were tracked down, they could face charges of 'sexual harassment and distorting the Sciences Po logo'.
But Osez le Feminisme said it was not an isolated incident and pointed to a recent 'Plumbers Vs Boilers' party at a Sciences Po college in Toulouse which used a poster taken from a pornographic website and asked males to 'bring their tools' and female to 'be our pin-ups'.
Eight men are facing a disciplinary panel at the Bordeaux Branch of the Institute of Political Studies, pictured