storyFor a year, a dozen journalists from the "World" are investigating feminicide in France. First part, in La Réunion, of this work on conjugal murders committed in 2018.
In five days, Leo (the first name has been changed) will be 6 years old. Brown, matte-skinned, facetious looking, wearing a flocked gray t-shirt cartoon red and smiling cars Cars. On May 26, 2018, he sits on a chair at the Gendarmerie in Saint-Louis, Reunion. Faded tiles, impersonal offices, even in the tropics, the barracks are identical. The room Leo is waiting for is the only exception. Placed in front of him, dozens of colorful children's drawings, including a large sun topped with a "The gendarmerie is gone". Leo has blood on his shirt.
" You ate breakfast ? "begins the gendarme in a calm voice. " I do not remember. " "What do you usually eat for breakfast? "she continues. "My mom, she makes me a chocolate loaf and some milk. But this morning, she did not, because she's dead. " Beside her, Anny Gourdon, social worker in gendarmerie just arrived, breathless. Her phone rang when she was shopping: "Can you help us for the audition of the little one? " Here they are in the office. "He does not cry, he does not laugh, he is dissociated: he tells it like he was telling a movie he saw on TV"she recalls more than a year later.
"There was mom and her boyfriend. There were pizzas on the table for dinner. And then dad came on foot, he had a present for me »continues Leo. On the scene of the double murder, the gendarmes find a large packet wrapped. It's a robot that Mickaël, the child's father, bought for his upcoming birthday on May 31st. Instead, that day, the boy buries his mother.
"Papa came home, he had a big rifle and a small rifle. Mom, she went out on the terrace, she said "No, I stay with you, I love you"but daddy shot anyway. " Graziella Martinotti, 28, collapses on the terrace of their ocher pavilion, surrounded by bars, on the edge of a commercial area. Mickaël continues his murderous progress, returns to the house and kills Gilles Delgard, the new companion of Graziella. "Papa was all black, he had his guns hidden behind the gift. "