En fait, il a sans doute fait allusion à une rumeur qui a couru lors de la campagne pour les Présidentielles de 1995, et dont l’Express s’était fait l’écho – pour la démentir.Please note the word démentir. Several of you commenters seem to be persuaded in advance that the rumor is nevertheless true. One of you claims that anyone "who had dealings at the rue de Valois knew." Really? How? Was there visible evidence of orgies when you walked into the lobby? Or do you mean, rather, that you knew someone who knew someone who worked at the rue de Valois who gave credence to gossip that might or might not have some basis in fact? Another commenter asserts that the criticism of Luc Ferry shows that the political class is yet again closing ranks. Perhaps. But mightn't it also indicate dismay that a responsible person would choose such an incendiary way to make a grave charge he had never seen fit to make in a more suitable forum than a TV studio?
I'm very much in favor of a higher standard of public morality (see my previous post), but I'm frankly shocked by the eagerness of some of you to leap from délation to condamnation sans appel. Please read a history of the Vichy regime to see the consequences of such credulity.