“The current climate does not allow me to conduct this mission with the necessary serenity. So I made the decision to hand over the baton and to give up chairing this commission.“, she said in a written statement, saying that she”ignored all these years the extremely serious facts denounced by Camille Kouchner in his book“.
The Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence Suffered in Childhood was set up a month ago. Its work, intended to better understand and act against this scourge, was to start in a few weeks.
“I accepted (to chair it) because this subject is close to my heart” more “since the courageous revelations of Camille Kouchner, some of the commentators have thought it necessary to link me to this affair of which I am not an actress either directly or indirectly“, justifies Ms. Guigou.
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In “The Big Family“, the daughter of former minister Bernard Kouchner reveals that her twin brother was the victim of incest by her stepfather, the political scientist Olivier Duhamel, when he was 14 years old.
These revelations triggered the opening of a judicial inquiry for “rape and sexual assault by person having authority over a 15-year-old minor“.
The former socialist minister, whose name is not mentioned in the book, was close to the family. Three times, she went for a few days to the vacation home of the couple formed by Olivier Duhamel and Evelyne Pisier, mother of Camille Kouchner and her twin brother, named “Victor“in the book.
“During these short stays, I did not witness any inappropriate gesture, behavior, or images.“, wrote Ms. Guigou again, assuring that”from the mid-2000s“, she no longer met Olivier Duhamel”that occasionally“.
In a statement, the Secretary of State in charge of Children and Families, Adrien Taquet, took note of this decision.
“Camille Kouchner’s book further accelerates an essential process of free speech, liberation which was from the outset one of the challenges of the Commission for the fight against sexual violence“, he added.
The government will soon announce the composition of the commission, as well as its new chairmanship, says Taquet.
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