One year after the Matzneff affair, Camille Kouchner breaks the taboo of incest

Camille Kouchner, daughter of former minister Bernard Kouchner and academic Evelyne Pisier, breaks the taboo of incest, revealing, in a book to be published Thursday, a year after the Matzneff affair, the one suffered by her twin.

It is the politicist Olivier Duhamel, 70, who finds himself accused in โ€œLa Familia grandeโ€ (Seuil), a title in Spanish that takes up the nickname given by a group of friends fascinated by the Cuban revolution.

The Paris prosecutor announced Tuesday the opening of an investigation for โ€œrape and sexual assault by person with authorityโ€.

Throughout the story, Camille Kouchner gives this man only one name: โ€œmy father-in-lawโ€. She changed the first name of her victim, her brother, the son of Bernard Kouchner, who was 14 years old when the facts begin, to call him โ€œVictorโ€.

Olivier Duhamel resigned from all his duties on Monday, as soon as Le Monde and LObs revealed the contents of the book: president of the National Political Science Foundation (FNSP), and speaker or host on LCI and radio Europe 1.

The shadow of the one in which the author sees โ€œa mixture of Michel Berger and Eddy Mitchellโ€ hovers throughout this story, where he is relatively little present.

A quote from him said about Evelyne Pisiers children: โ€œYou are my life, my new life, the one I expected, the one I wanted. You are my children, and better yet.โ€

Incest itself lasts little in this autobiographical testimony, about ten pages out of 200. It suddenly pops up in the middle of the book, when Victor says, โ€œHe caressed me and then you know…โ€

โ€œMy brain closes. I dont understand anything. Its true that he is kind, my beloved father-in-law,โ€ says the 45-year-old author, in a confession with a nervous style.

Protecting other children

Prior to that, she exposed a teenage age ravaged by the successive suicide of her two maternal grandparents, especially that of her grandmother in 1988. This death plunges her mother into alcoholism, and it is two defenseless teenagers who find themselves one victim, the other witness to this incest.

Afterwards, the book evokes the slow spread of secrecy, first kept by โ€œVictorโ€, and then gradually revealed to protect other children who should not end up with the โ€œstepfatherโ€.

The dilemma for Camille Kouchner is whether she should go beyond her brothers ban on speaking. In hindsight, she feels a strong guilt: โ€œBy not designating what was happening, I participated in incestโ€.

Olivier Duhamel, if the facts are true, seems to have been protected by a form of omerta. She strongly recalls the one described by Vanessa Springora, a year earlier, in โ€œLe Consentโ€, about her relationship with the writer Gabriel Matzneff, 49, when she was 14.

โ€œVery soon, the microcosm of the people of power, Saint-Germain-des-Prรฉs, was informed. Many knew and most made it as if nothing happened,โ€ wrote Camille Kouchner.

โ€œI confirm youโ€

Evelyne Pisier is also accused of complacency, having remained, until her death in 2017, in a couple with Olivier Duhamel. โ€œHe regrets, you know,โ€ she says in the story.

As for Bernard Kouchner, he learns only late, threatens to correct his sons aggressor, and does nothing because his daughter dissuades him from it. โ€œA heavy secret that has been on us for too long has been fortunately lifted,โ€ he said in a statement sent to AFP on Monday by his lawyer Maryline Lugosi.

The victim, Camille Kouchners brother, only wrote to the World: โ€œI confirm to you that what my sister wrote about Olivier Duhamels actions towards me is correctโ€.

Other books had already broken this incest taboo.

Actress Catherine Allegret, in 2004, just after the first trial of the Outreau affair, had told in โ€œA world upside downโ€ the touching, child, and attempted rape, adult, of her โ€œabusiveโ€ father-in-law Yves Montand. The book is largely forgotten, and the author had been criticized extensively for accuse a death who could not defend himself.

Claude Ponti, author of youth books, had mentioned in fiction, in โ€œLes Pieds bleusโ€ in 1995, the sexual abuse he had suffered as a child. He did not appoint a culprit but then appointed his grandfather.

Finally Christine Angot had raped by her father the subject of two highly controversial novels, โ€œLIncestโ€ (1999) and โ€œUn amour impossibleโ€ (2015).