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Olivier Duhamel, the art of secrecy

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April 21, 2017. The Parisian friends of Evelyne Pisier are gathered in the mansion which houses the National Book Center, the CNL, to celebrate the memory of the academic, two months after his death. The end of François Hollande’s five-year term is approaching and the president has come to join the group of faithful of the one who steered the direction of the book in Jack Lang’s time. Before sitting down next to him, the political scientist and lawyer Olivier Duhamel, the husband of the deceased, put his arm over the shoulder of the Head of State, as if to sign their complicity. He’s the one who sings the loudest and claps his hands the most lively when Teo Saavedra, a Chilean imprisoned under Pinochet, takes his guitar to sing. Hasta Siempre, this revolutionary song dear to “Evelyne” and to all those in the assembly who long for their red youth.

Olivier Duhamel holds the hand of Nadia Marik, the widow of the former director of Sciences Po Richard Descoings, who now spends the summer in the holiday home of” Olivier “, in Sanary-sur-Mer (Var). The political scientist seems carefree. Of course, he saw the looks of his wife’s three children (born from his first marriage, to Bernard Kouchner) turn away when he passed them, but, on this particular day, he is the widower, and it is he. that we comfort. Tonight, more than ever, he feels untouchable.

Read the survey: Olivier Duhamel, incest and the children of silence

Since in 2008 Evelyne Pisier’s three children (a girl and two boys) came to tell their mother that this once admired stepfather had sexually abused the youngest boy when he was 13 or 14 years old, Duhamel lives with a sword of Damocles above his head. Until then, her stepchildren have remained in shadow and silence. His reputation and his social surface protect him more surely than a shield, but a few words in the press could cut short this career so carefully built.

Influence games

Who knows ? Barely a few days after the April 2017 ceremony, Olivier Duhamel found himself at the table in the Sciences Po dining room with the director, Frédéric Mion, and Brigitte Macron. For months, he has been distributing advice and notes to her husband, who, now he is sure, will soon be elected. Duhamel is already kissing Ismaël Emelien, the political advisor of the future president, who was his student right here, rue Saint-Guillaume. “My best foal”, repeats the political scientist. At the end of April, each one, in front of Brigitte Macron, in turn draws a composite portrait of the ideal prime minister. A game, of course, but Duhamel is one.

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