The tumultuous end of the reign of Didier Raoult, disowned by his doctor daughter and worried by justice

By Ariane Chemin and Gilles Rof

Posted today at 11:17 a.m., updated at 12:02 a.m.

Even his family is fractured. The quarrel was brewing quietly among the Raoults, it is now breaking out into broad daylight. The first name of Didier’s daughter, Magali (Carcopino-Tusoli), had already disappeared from her father’s Wikipedia file. Erased from the paternal CV, as repudiated online: she is no more than “a daughter born from a previous union” alongside Sacha and Lola, the two other children of the Marseille microbiologist. But since this specialist in vascular medicine, who works at the Marseille public hospital in Sainte-Marguerite, opposed the famous professor’s medical opinions, the war has taken on a new turn.

Magali Carcopino-Tusoli, Didier Raoult’s daughter, knows the devastation caused by the coronavirus. His gaze on the positions taken by his “progenitor”, as she calls it privately, is getting more severe every day. In particular those on vaccines against Covid-19.

The daughter of Didier Raoult decided to summon in direct appearance for “defamation and insults” one of the closest collaborators of the founder of the University Hospital Institute (IHU) of Marseille: the biochemist Eric Chabrière, sniper charged by the institute to defend it on social networks. A first hearing is to be held on February 4 in front of the 11e chamber of the judicial court of Marseille, learned The world. And, for the first time, the Public Assistance of the Hospitals of Marseille (AP-HM), a founding member of the IHU and one of its main financial supporters, will take civil action alongside Magali Carcopino-Tusoli as well as of her husband, Xavier Carcopino, a gynecologist-obstetrician at the Nord Hospital in Marseille.

The story is not trivial. In 2020, from the start of the pandemic, the daughter of Didier Raoult’s first marriage joined the Covid-19 units to lend a hand to her colleagues. Guards at the SAMU, high flow oxygen therapy, the young woman was exhausted like so many others saving patients who decompensated in a single day. She knows the devastation caused by the coronavirus. His gaze on the positions of his “Progenitor”, as the 44-year-old mother privately calls her, gets tougher every day. In particular those on vaccines against Covid-19.

The Marseille professor never believed it. In April 2020, in Paris Match and on BFM-TV, he emphatically explained that none would be found quickly: “It’s a silly challenge. Almost $ 30 billion has been spent on the one against HIV, see the result! (…) The chance of a vaccine for an emerging disease becoming a public health tool is close to zero. “ Since they were developed and have shown their effectiveness on mortality, Didier Raoult, director of the IHU, refuses to encourage mass vaccination and, last summer, it was without enthusiasm, and by a simple tweet, which he called to that of caregivers. “Because I asked him”, remembers the new boss of the AP-HM, François Crémieux. Raoult refuses, on the other hand, to sign any press release on the subject with him. A skirmish in what has become a trench warfare.

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The tumultuous end of the reign of Didier Raoult, disowned by his doctor daughter and worried by justice

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