The former Keeper of the Seals Elisabeth Guigou announced to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Wednesday January 13 that she was giving up chairing the independent commission on incest after being cited among those close to Olivier Duhamel, accused of incest by his stepdaughter Camille Kouchner.
“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, claiming that she “Ignored all these years the extremely serious facts denounced by Camille Kouchner in his book”. Close to Olivier Duhamel and Evelyne Pisier, she had notably gone to their house in Sanary in the 1980s as told The world on the occasion of the book’s release.
The commission, officially presented on December 10, 2020 by the government, is responsible for ensuring that “Society as a whole is seizing on the subject of sexual violence against children and incest, which are among the last taboos”, had explained to the World the Secretary of State for Children, Adrien Taquet. A budget of 4 million euros is allocated to it, mainly matched by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, which will also provide it with premises.