Outreau affair: 5 things to know about the France 2 TV movie broadcast from tonight

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A TV movie broadcast from this Tuesday, January 17 traces the terrible case of Outreau and tells the legal imbroglio that resulted. Between incest, suspicion of murder and pedophile network, here are 5 things to know about this saga broadcast on France 2.

The Outreau child rape case, which had resulted in long incarcerations for the innocent, is reconstructed in a documentary broadcast from this Tuesday, January 17 on France 2, which solicits many actors of this legal disaster. . Here are 5 things to know about this TV movie.

Four episodes

In four 50-minute episodes, “L’Affaire d’Outreau” retraces the facts, 20 years later. Mostly with actors looking a lot like the men and women dragged into this judges fiasco. Out of 17 defendants tried at first instance in 2004, originating from Outreau (Pas-de-Calais) and its surroundings, justice will finally retain only four guilty of rape at the end of the appeal trial in 2005.

“No pathos”

By what gear did an affair of incest take on these proportions? How did those who were imprisoned experience it before even understanding why they were blamed? The documentary attempts to answer these questions. With this file where the so-called filming of pedophile and zoophilic films is mentioned, and the murder of a child who never existed, “we can do something spectacular. The challenge was to remain worthy, to stay sober. Above all, no pathos, no self-pity”, co-director Olivier Ayache-Vidal explained during the screening to the press.

Éric Dupond-Moretti makes an appearance

One of the great characters of this trial, the current Keeper of the Seals Éric Dupond-Moretti, defense lawyer at the time, for example only made a furtive appearance. The minister is one of those who refused to speak or were not asked, as were two magistrates from Boulogne-sur-Mer with a decisive role: the examining magistrate Fabrice Burgaud and the prosecutor Gérald Lesigne. The first, aged in his thirties at the time of the investigation (2001-2003), is now assigned to the Court of Cassation.

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“Fabrice Burgaud thought he had the deal of the century, thought he was holding an international pedophile network. (…) This file obsessed him”, notes a defense lawyer, Fabienne Roy-Nansion, to explain his stubbornness. “The Outreau affair is the affair of Myriam Badaoui [une mère coupable de viols qui accuse une vingtaine de personnes] who says, who accuses and who is believed”, adds one of his colleagues, Julien Delarue.

The word given to four acquitted

The documentary gives the floor at length to three other magistrates, two police officers including a Belgian, eight lawyers, two television journalists, and above all four acquitted persons. The latter describe their amazement at being accused of child rape. Both Dominique Wiel, worker-priest who lived in the neighborhood where the facts took place, Thierry Dausque, who knew the couple at the center of these accusations, or Daniel Legrand son and Alain Marécaux, dragged into this affair without knowing any of the protagonists. .

Jonathan Delay, son of Myriam Badaoui, speaks

Another witness for France 2: one of Myriam Badaoui’s children, Jonathan Delay, six years old at the time. He details his vision on this affair where the interrogations follow one another, and his bitterness, in the end, to pass for a “liar” because he did not contradict the accusations launched by his mother. “The question that I asked myself very early on was: why 20 years later go to solicit these people, what were we going to bring them?”, argued the co-author of the film, Agnès Pizzini. “They give us a lot and they had to find their account”.