In his stepdaughter’s novel, Olivier Duhamel resigns from academic and media positions after allegations
Olivier Duhamel, one of France’s most influential political scientists and media analysts, after being accused of sexually assaulting his stepson, has resigned from his academic and media positions. The stepdaughter of the constitutional specialist – the alleged victim’s twin sister – states that the violence happened in the 1980s, when she and her brother were 14, and was well known to many family members and friends. In her book “omerta” to be released on Thursday but already published in L’Obs and Le Monde magazines, Camille Kouchner exposed the alleged violence that she called a “La Familia grande,” in Parisian political and media circles. Duhamel, 70, resigned from his position with the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, which manages and finances the renowned Sciences Po grande école, and deleted his Twitter account, but made no comment on the allegations. The children of Bernard Kouchner, a former health and foreign minister and founder of the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, and Evelyne Pisier, a historian and writer who died in 2017, are Kouchner and her twin. Before they separated in 1980, Kouchner and Pisier had three kids, Julien and twins Camille and Antoine.
In the novel, Camille Kouchner calls her twin Antoine “Victor.” Pisier then had a four-year relationship with Cuban leader Fidel Castro before marrying Duhamel.
“She writes that for at least two years, the abuse continued and that Pisier learned about it but preferred to protect her husband “to escape scandal, as did family members.
She says that her brother begged her to keep a secret and threatened her, “If you speak, I’m going to die.”
I’m so ashamed, too. “” Help me say no, please. I was 14 and I knew and I said nothing,” writes Kouchner, 45. “Kouchner, a lawyer, adds that the “incest” occurred more than once, as reported in the French media, and was an open secret among friends and family members, who were asked not to say something. She told Le Nouvel Observateur’s L’Obs website, “My book tells how many people knew about it,” Of course, because my family is so well known, I thought my life could be considered derogatory, but then I told myself that this is precisely why I have to do this. “She added, “I wanted to write because I couldn’t stay silent anymore. This book came out of necessity: to bear witness to the incest, to prove that it went on for years and that breaking the silence is very, very difficult.
“I wrote it not on behalf of my brother, but for all those affected by incest, for the sisters, the nieces. The omerta in a family weighs on everyone. “Through his lawyer, her father, Bernard Kouchner, released a statement. A heavy mystery that has for so long burdened us has been exposed.
“I admire the courage of my daughter Camille,” he said. The FNSP sent an internal letter to staff, seen by AFP, saying it had “for personal reasons” approved Duhamel’s resignation. Frédéric Mion, the director of the Foundation, said he was “shocked” to read the allegations. Duhamel, a former MEP and author of the much-studied constitutional work The Left and the Fifth Republic, is also President of Le Siè. He is the son of Jacques Duhamel, who, under President Georges Pompidou, was a minister. “In response to the accusations, Duhamel told Le Monde and L’Obs that he had “nothing to say”. On Monday, he tweeted that after being the victim of “personal attacks,” he had withdrawn from “the institutions I work for.” Alexandre Kouchner, Camille and Antoine’s stepbrother, supported his siblings in a Twitter message following the revelations of violence, saying, “I love my brothers and my sister.”
I respect their bravery and endorse their decision to break the silence. Those who have suffered and are suffering must always be listened to, heard and covered. I suggest you read the book for the rest,’ Alexandre wrote.