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 “La Familia grande” (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 “rape and sexual assault by person with authority”.
Throughout the story, Camille Kouchner gives this man only one name: “my father-in-law”. 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 “Victor”.
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 “a mixture of Michel Berger and Eddy Mitchell” hovers throughout this story, where he is relatively little present.
A quote from him said about Evelyne Pisiers children: “You are my life, my new life, the one I expected, the one I wanted. You are my children, and better yet.”
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, “He caressed me and then you know…”
“My brain closes. I dont understand anything. Its true that he is kind, my beloved father-in-law,” 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 “Victor”, and then gradually revealed to protect other children who should not end up with the “stepfather”.
The dilemma for Camille Kouchner is whether she should go beyond her brothers ban on speaking. In hindsight, she feels a strong guilt: “By not designating what was happening, I participated in incest”.
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 “Le Consent”, about her relationship with the writer Gabriel Matzneff, 49, when she was 14.
“Very soon, the microcosm of the people of power, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, was informed. Many knew and most made it as if nothing happened,” wrote Camille Kouchner.
“I confirm you”
Evelyne Pisier is also accused of complacency, having remained, until her death in 2017, in a couple with Olivier Duhamel. “He regrets, you know,” 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. “A heavy secret that has been on us for too long has been fortunately lifted,” 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: “I confirm to you that what my sister wrote about Olivier Duhamels actions towards me is correct”.
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 “A world upside down” the touching, child, and attempted rape, adult, of her “abusive” 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 “Les Pieds bleus” 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, “LIncest” (1999) and “Un amour impossible” (2015).
By CCEiT (AFP)