The Minister of Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, has just learned with astonishment the procedure initiated against Roman Polanski, a decinéma director of international reputation and French citizen, currently held in Switzerland.

He wishes to express his deep emotion and feelings of solidarity towards his
family. Without wanting to interfere in a very long-standing judicial process
to exaggerated assessments, he would like to recall that Roman Polanski enjoys a
is widely regarded, both for its exceptional artistic creations and for its
human qualities.
It regrets most vividly that a new trial is thus inflicted on that
who has already known so much throughout a life bubbling with enthusiasm and creativity.
He met with the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, who follows the
dossier with the utmost attention and shares his desire for a quick resolution of
the situation, which allows Roman Polanski to find his own as soon as possible.