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“F“orcely I come across as a dominator who terrorizes everyone”, defined in September 2023 to the Catholic media Christian household the grandfather of little Émile, the boy who disappeared within the hamlet of Haut Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) on July 8. For a number of months, rumors surrounding Émile's household have been spreading within the press. Very spiritual and practising, the little boy's household was even accused of being a part of a sect for a time. Information denied by these near them. The grandfather, Philippe Vedovini, was for his half typically described as an authoritarian husband.

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But THE Chained duck got here to carry a brand new stone to the constructing. According to the satirical newspaper, Philippe Vedovini was positioned below the standing of assisted witness in an unlimited case of violence in opposition to minors dedicated in a really spiritual boarding faculty in Riaumont. Ixchel Delaporte, impartial journalist, wrote an investigative e book in 2022 entitled The Martyred Children of Riaumont: investigation right into a fundamentalist boarding faculty. She tells the Point the position of little Émile's grandfather on this affair.

Point : What do you level out in your work The Martyred Children of Riaumont: investigation right into a fundamentalist boarding faculty ?

Ixchel Delaporte : The energy of my work is the testimonies of former residents that nobody had beforehand met. And it’s these testimonies from alumni that enable me to affirm as we speak that the Riaumont boarding faculty is a boarding faculty stuffed with structural violence. There lies a system of enslavement of kids, with an academic technique primarily based on pressure and violence. There was additionally a type of legislation of the jungle: the youngsters have been very violent amongst themselves, with out this being regulated by the supervisors. What appeared attention-grabbing to me on this affair, since I do know the functioning of this boarding faculty nicely, was to indicate that it was not an atypical boarding faculty. For the report, it’s a very particular place based in 1960 by a toddler molester [le père Albert Revet, NDLR].

READ ALSO Disappearance of Émile: “We have known from the start that he was not lost” For his half, Émile's grandfather participated on this system. And we don't arrive at Riaumont by probability. We don’t resolve to need to turn out to be a monk, priest or brother in Riaumont by probability. No, this alternative is way from trivial. It is a neighborhood near far-right and royalist circles, which we all know makes use of militarist strategies. We select Riaumont, we select its strategies. Some, together with Émile's grandfather, utilized them with rather more fervor than others.

What was the position of the grandfather on this boarding faculty?

When Émile's grandfather arrived, he was already a physiotherapist. He was not very younger when he arrived on the boarding faculty, he was 26 years outdated. In Riaumont, he joined as scout chief, like all of the supervisors once they arrived. We name them “chiefs” and so they all put on leather-based breeches.

READ ALSO “In the case of worrying disappearances, the use of tracking dogs is permanent” Its goal was to combine the spiritual neighborhood of Riaumont, which is each a personal faculty exterior the Jean-Bosco contract and, on the identical time, a spiritual neighborhood of the Holy Cross of Riaumont. It’s a posh atmosphere, a type of yarrow. When you enter this atmosphere, you will have a double job, you’ll undoubtedly turn out to be a brother, maybe a priest, but in addition an educator. But with out a diploma. Riaumont has at all times recruited individuals with half-degrees with a robust co-optation system, the place kids raised on the boarding faculty themselves turned supervisors. You must think about a spot in isolation, which since 1960 was already in a system of bodily violence, compelled labor, humiliation and sexual violence.

Did you perceive on the time of Émile's disappearance that his grandfather was the identical Philippe V. as in your work?

Having investigated at size, I knew his identify nicely. On the day of the disappearance, I used to be instantly struck. Am I stunned this info is popping out as we speak? Yes and no. The investigators didn’t essentially need this info to return out within the press. These are delicate parts.

And even when I’m not on the coronary heart of the investigation, I’m satisfied that the investigators knew it. Of course. There's no manner they don't know. Afterwards, the investigators clearly don’t talk all the pieces, solely what fits them.

Do you suppose there’s a hyperlink between the grandfather's previous and the disappearance of little Émile?

No manner. I believe it will be utterly dangerous to ascertain any connection. Obviously there isn’t any hyperlink with Émile's disappearance. This is his private story. We might say that his expertise tells one thing of his character, of his spiritual opinion, which he has not renounced since he has ten kids and is a part of the traditionalist Catholic sphere.

READ ALSO Disappearance of Émile: his dad and mom deny being “illuminated” He additionally doesn't cover it, and everybody is aware of that, it's widespread data. He simply missed his spiritual vocation, he didn’t turn out to be a priest however a brother. This gives extra info on the psychological profile of this presumed harmless man. But we can’t say that since he was violent at one time, he’s violent as we speak. You can't make connections like that.