French political skilled accused of incest in new taboo-breaking scandal

One in all France’s most distinguished political commentators is dealing with a felony investigation after being accused of the sexual abuse of his stepson, within the newest taboo-breaking scandal to rock the French mental elite.

Olivier Duhamel, 70, who has described the incest allegations as “private assaults”, is accused in a brand new e book, written by his stepdaughter Camille Kouchner, of abusing her twin brother after they have been aged 14.

Paris prosecutors stated Tuesday they have been opening an investigation into Duhamel over suspected rape and sexual abuse of a minor by an individual in authority. He has stepped down from all his media and educational posts amid the furore.

The e book “La Familia grande”, which is because of be printed on Thursday, has shocked French mental circles given Duhamel’s prominence and shut connections to the elite.

Whereas many commentators have solid France as being sluggish to interrupt longstanding taboos over the abuse of minors, this isn’t the primary such controversy to make headlines over the past 12 months.

Writer Vanessa Springora, in a e book printed in January 2020, accused prize-winning author Gabriel Matzneff of abusing her whereas she was a minor. Movie star Adele Haenel in November 2019 accused director Christophe Ruggia of sexually harassing her when she was in her early teenagers.

Haenel and different French actresses additionally in February final 12 months walked out of France’s Cesar awards after filmmaker Roman Polanski — wished within the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old woman in 1977 –- gained greatest director.

– ‘I knew and stated nothing’ –

Duhamel stated on Twitter that he was resigning from all his posts following the allegations, together with as head of the Nationwide Basis of Political Sciences (FNSP), a physique that oversees the vastly prestigious Sciences Po college.

“I’m stepping down from my posts after being the goal of private assaults as I wish to protect the establishments during which I work,” stated Duhamel, who additionally till now offered a present on Europe 1 radio and is an analyst on LCI TV.

Camille Kouchner, now 45 and a lecturer, and her twin brother are the kids of France’s former international minister and co-founder of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical charity Bernard Kouchner and educational Evelyne Pisier, who died in 2017.

Kouchner and Pisier separated and he or she went on to marry Duhamel.

“I used to be 14 years previous and let it go forward. I used to be 14, I knew and stated nothing,” Camille Kouchner wrote within the e book.

Within the e book, she names her brother solely as “Victor” with the intention to defend his privateness. However Le Monde each day stated he had learn the textual content twice and was blissful for his sister to talk on his behalf.

“I affirm that what my sister has written in regards to the actions of Olivier Duhamel in the direction of me is right,” “Victor” informed Le Monde, with out commenting additional.

– ‘Heavy secret’ –

In an interview with L’Obs journal, Kouchner stated the e book revealed to what extent Duhamel’s and Pisier’s group of leftist mental buddies, a few of them family names in France, knew what was happening.

“In fact, I believed my e book may appear obscene due to my household’s fame. Then I believed to myself, that is precisely what must be performed,” she stated.

Within the e book, she alleges a de-facto omerta had protected her stepfather from the reality being extensively identified.

“In a short time, the individuals in energy, Saint-Germain-des-Pres (the standard hub in Paris for leftist thinkers) have been conscious. Many knew and most acted as if nothing had occurred.”

The e book says that after his mom’s demise, “Victor” informed his father Bernard Kouchner about what had occurred. He pledged to confront Duhamel however was persuaded towards doing so by Camille herself, on the grounds “Victor” wished the household to maneuver on.

In an announcement launched by his lawyer, Bernard Kouchner stated {that a} “heavy secret that has been weighing on us for too lengthy has fortunately been lifted. I applaud the braveness of my daughter Camille”.

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