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FIA president Max Mosley, whose organisation last year fined Formula One team McLaren $100 million, is no stranger to handing over large sums himself. For Nazi-style sex romps! In other F1 news, previous FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre has died at 86:

He studied law in Paris followed by a stint as a journalist on a number of leftwing publications. Once the second world war started he told of becoming involved in the organisation of an anti-German “action group” in Paris.

He subsequently served in the resistance, he said, and when, in the late 1970s, photographs began to circulate of Balestre wearing a German uniform, he took unsuccessful legal action to suppress their publication. By way of explanation he claimed that he was a double agent.

According to British reports, Mosley - similarly fond of German costumes - is a quintuple agent.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/31/2008 at 10:35 AM
  1. He should have dressed in a kaffiyeh. Nobody would have dared criticize him.

    Posted by Some0Seppo on 2008 03 31 at 10:50 AM • permalink

  2. photographs began to circulate of Balestre wearing a German uniform

    a Frenchman collaborating? SACRE BLEAU!

    Posted by paulris on 2008 03 31 at 10:58 AM • permalink

  3. a Frenchman collaborating? SACRE BLEAU!

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

    Posted by Burbank on 2008 03 31 at 11:02 AM • permalink

  4. I recall reading something a long time ago that stated that, during the War, there were only about 1,500 active members of the Resistance in all of France, but after the war, everyone, including active collaborators, claimed to be a Member of the Resistance.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 31 at 11:13 AM • permalink

  5. No link to the video?

    Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 03 31 at 11:58 AM • permalink

  6. MAX Mosley, one of the most powerful men in world sport, was under pressure to resign as boss of Formula One’s governing body last night after he was exposed enjoying a Nazi-style orgy with five prostitutes.

    (snip)

    Mr Mosley, a close confidant of Bernie Ecclestone, who holds the commercial rights to Formula One, paid £2,500 cash for the sex services, the Sunday newspaper claimed.

    2500 pounds for five prostitutes?  Not only should Spitzer be embarrassed for having paid for the services of one hooker, he should be embarrassed for only getting one hooker for the same price that Mosley spent for five.  But then again, maybe some men can’t handle five women.

    (wronwright nods a knowing smile, puffing himself up like a cock robin)

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 03 31 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  7. I’m surprised that Tim did not mention it but Max Mosley is the son of British Fascist leader Oswald Mosley.

    Posted by murph on 2008 03 31 at 12:38 PM • permalink

  8. Maybe Max should come over here and run for Governor of New York.

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 03 31 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  9. Could someone loan me a cup of brain bleach? Thanks.

    That said, I fail to see how someone’s private pecadilloes, no matter how bizarre, could possibly be seen as insulting to any particular group of people. It’s not like Max intended them to become public.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 03 31 at 01:13 PM • permalink

  10. “...because no one ever had a fantasy of being tied up and ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.”—PJ O’Rourke

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 03 31 at 02:47 PM • permalink

  11. F1 boss Max Mosley has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers

    They say that like it’s a bad thing.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 03 31 at 03:35 PM • permalink

  12. Now that’s how you write a news story. “Romping with five hookers at a depraved NAZI-STYLE orgy”, “FIVE HOUR torture chamber video”, “I’m 42, he whimpered, lying to attract a severe beating”, “another blonde dominatrix, wearing only a jacket, shirt and knee-length boots”, etc.

    Imagine the NYT or WaPo with this video. They’d write some thumb-sucking mush full of euphemism and evasions. David Broder would be quoted.

    My only quibble with the News of the World story is that they didn’t enlighten us as to what Max was taking to keep him “clearly aroused” for five hours.

    Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2008 03 31 at 05:29 PM • permalink

  13. Max is normal compared to these two…

    Sir Paul McCartney and his ex-wife Heather Mills recorded a rap song.

    Posted by JAFA on 2008 03 31 at 05:35 PM • permalink

  14. Mosley?  Mosley?  Haven’t I heard the name associated with Nazis before?
    Is it genetic?

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 03 31 at 05:39 PM • permalink

  15. Sir Paul McCartney and his ex-wife Heather Mills recorded a rap song.

    When asked after the divorce settlement if he would ever go down on one knee again, Sir Paul said, “I prefer it if you would refer to her as Ms Mills”.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2008 03 31 at 05:42 PM • permalink

  16. Indeed it is genetic. Max is Oswald’s son.

    Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2008 03 31 at 06:10 PM • permalink

  17. The French Resistance! No Gallic gaggle ever was more aptly named;

    The French resistance to offensive action in WW1.
    The Fench resistance to learning the lessons of WW1.
    The French resistance to keep fighting after Dunkirk.
    The active resistance the Allies received from Vichy french forces outside France.
    Even the French-Canadian resistance to the draft.
    The French resistance to acknowledging the English speaking peoples saving their arse.
    The French resistance to NATO membership.

    and so on and so forth.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 03 31 at 06:13 PM • permalink

  18. ”...because no one ever had a fantasy of being tied up and ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.”

    Thanks Richard.  That’s one of my favorite O’Rourke lines and I roar every time I read it. 

    And yes, he’s the son of Oswald Mosley and one of the goofier of the Mitford sisters, but he can hardly help that, can he?

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2008 03 31 at 06:24 PM • permalink

  19. #7 murph and #18 Sonetka’s Mom:
    I saw the name Mosley and the line “Nazi-style sex romps” and thought “nooo.. can’t be.” But it is! You’ve just made my day!

    Posted by EdwardM on 2008 03 31 at 06:59 PM • permalink

  20. Mosley’s actions with the professionals are being widely misinterpreted.

    The Nazi fem thing is an S & M fantasy, normally the guy is the “M”. I envy his purchasing power but not his fantasies.

    However, to construe this as he having Nazi sympathies is just silly. If he was a Nazi fetishist, he would be having some guy posing as A.H.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 31 at 07:28 PM • permalink

  21. I prefer communist style orgies, but the queues are too long.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 31 at 09:08 PM • permalink

  22. Given who his father is, perhaps this is just an historical re-enactment by Max.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 31 at 09:18 PM • permalink

  23. #7 Murph - I was wondering about that - there’s one apple that didn’t fall far from the tree.

    Posted by KevGillett on 2008 04 01 at 12:16 AM • permalink

  24. Kev

    Doesn’t surprise me.  The place is full of them.

    The average Conservative voter here makes my skin crawl.  There are very few big “L”, Right Wing Liberals left in the UK.

    Posted by murph on 2008 04 01 at 04:49 AM • permalink

  25. #15
    Mills: When you said that you were going to ‘throw the leg over’, I didn’t think you meant over the fence ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 01 at 07:21 AM • permalink

  26. #21 The Communist queues. The far queues.

    Posted by mehaul on 2008 04 01 at 07:28 AM • permalink

  27. Overe here in the States, they just resurrected the old American Gladiators show recently on NBC.

    After reading this story, I can’t help but think of this guy being the “m” while “Hellga” (yes it’s spelled right) the Gladiatrix dishes out some punishing “s”.

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 04 01 at 07:38 AM • permalink

  28. Maybe I’ve been married to the same guy too long to be…ummm…educated…about such things…but what in hell is a Nazi-style sex romp?

    Posted by KC on 2008 04 01 at 09:38 PM • permalink

  29. rent any “Ilsa” movie.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 01 at 10:52 PM • permalink

  30. richard, when I thought about it overnight, I realized I really may understand what it is…even though maybe I’d rather not? Guess my…ummm…tastes…are rather pedestrian…so I think I’ll pass on the ‘Ilsa’ movies. Thanks anyway! 8D

    Posted by KC on 2008 04 02 at 08:41 PM • permalink

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