French Political Scientist Olivier Duhamel Resigns After Damning Claims

French Political Scientist Olivier Duhamel Resigns After Damning Claims

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FRENCH political scientist Olivier Duhamel resigns from office after damning claims of incest were revealed in a book written by his stepdaughter.

A book published by Camille Kouchner, La Familia grande (Ed. Seuil), accuses her stepdad, Olivier Duhamel, of having sexually assaulted her twin brother when he was 14-years-old causing political scientist Olivier Duhamel to announce yesterday, Monday, January 4, that he would end all his functions, including that of President of the National Political Science Foundation (FNSP).

“Being the object of personal attacks, and wishing to preserve the institutions in which I work, I am ending my duties,” wrote on Twitter the political scientist, who also hosts a program on Europe 1 and is a columnist on LCI.

Camille Kouchner, a 45-year-old law lecturer, wrote: “I was 14 and I let it happen (…). I was 14, I knew and I didn’t say anything,” according to excerpts from the book. She and her brother are the children of former minister Bernard Kouchner and law professor Evelyne Pisier (who died in 2017), who then married political scientist Olivier Duhamel.

In her book, Camille Kouchner claims that sexual assaults were repeated for years. “My book tells how many people knew about it,” she says in an interview with L’Obs. “Of course, I thought that my book might seem obscene because of my family’s notoriety. Then I said to myself, ‘that’s precisely why it has to be done,'” she says too.

“A heavy secret that has weighed on us for too long has fortunately been lifted,” Bernard Kouchner reacted in a statement sent to AFP by his lawyer Maryline Lugosi. “I admire the courage of my daughter Camille,” he also said.

Olivier Duhamel resigned from the National Political Science Foundation (FNSP) “for personal reasons,” according to an internal message consulted by AFP. The FNSP is responsible for the major strategic orientations and the administrative and financial management of Sciences Po. Its director, Frédéric Mion, said he was “shocked” by these revelations.

Referring to the tweet published by Olivier Duhamel, the LCI news channel told AFP that the political scientist would no longer be on its airwaves. “He is also leaving the presentation of the Mediapolis programme on Europe 1,” announced the radio station on its website.

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