Who was Georges Kiejman, that lawyer who died at 90?

Who was Georges Kiejman, that lawyer who died at 90?

Georges Kiejman, lawyer and minister under François Mitterrand, died on Tuesday 9 May at the age of 90. The legal world is losing a great attorney, a great criminal defense attorney and a copyright specialist.

Born on August 12, 1932 in Paris, Georges Kiejman was marked by his past: the death of his father, who was deported and died in Auschwitz in 1943. He then grew up with his mother. He will complete his secondary studies at Saint-Amand-Montrond in the Cher, study law at the Sorbonne and obtain his university diploma in public law. In December 1953 he became a lawyer by taking an oath before the Paris Court of Appeal. Already a brilliant orator, he received the Union of Young Lawyers’ Trophy for Eloquence in 1954 and became second secretary of the Internship Conference the following year.

During his 70 years as a lawyer, Georges Kiejman has distinguished himself as a pre-eminent specialist in copyright, literary property, publishing, cinema and the press. Originally specializing in copyright law, he was a lawyer for many publishing houses (notably Gallimard, Le Threshold), actors (Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Sophie Marceau, etc.), directors (François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard , Jacques Demy, Maurice Pialat, Jacques Rivette, etc.). He also defended the heirs of Albert Camus or Eugène Ionesco.

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He distinguished himself in numerous media cases: in 1976 he obtained the acquittal of far-right activist Pierre Goldman, who was accused of murdering two pharmacists. He was a lawyer for Alain Caillol, one of the kidnappers of Baron Edouard-Jean Empain Demonstration against the Devaquet Law in 1978. A few hours later, young Oussékine will die. The lawyer then did not hesitate to mention a preliminary report from the SAMU regulatory doctor:

« They wanted to hide the truth from us. », « Without these blows, Oussékine would not have died ».

Georges Kiejman was considered a leftist, close to Pierre Mendès France and François Mitterrand. After the book’s publication, he will be the lawyer for François Mitterrand’s heirs The big secret, whose author was none other than the personal physician of the former Federal President, Dr. Gubler, was. According to a press release from the Mitterand family, Maître Kiejman “ was commissioned to prosecute against Dr. Gubler to report breach of professional secrecy and confiscation of his book “. And the lawyer then says ” an inadmissible breach of medical confidentiality, a violation of the law ». « The absolute nature of medical confidentiality is certain he had argued vigorously. ” It’s about knowing if, by spilling ink on paper, you can commit a crime with impunity “. In summary proceedings the book is withdrawn from sale and then banned from publication by the High Court, upheld on appeal and before the Court of Cassation (the ban is later overturned by the European Court of Human Rights).

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Despite his left-wing convictions, he had also defended Jacques Chirac in the process of bogus jobs in front of Paris City Hall.

He was still the defender of Charlie Hebdo in the case of the cartoons of Mahomet, defender of Marie Trintignant’s family in the Bertrand Cantat trial. he who about this latest case underscored on the set of in 2019 We’re not in bed :

« If the case were brought today, we would be much more sensitive to violence against women“.

In 1991 he was also Minister’s Delegate for Communications and in 1992 Minister’s Delegate to the Foreign Minister.

Georges Kiejman was first married to the actress Marie-France Pisier, with whom he shared his life from 1973 to 1979. He then lived with Françoise Giroud for two years. And as he wrote in his memoirs The man who wanted to be lovedwritten with journalist Vanessa Schneider and published by Grasset in 2021: ” Our story lasted two years. But we stayed connected until the end. Since 1983 he was married to the journalist Laure de Broglie. From this union three children were born.

The newspaper The world reported that he had suffered from heart problems for several years. George Kiejman had confided in December 2020 that he was waiting:

« the last jump (…) Showing serenity but not feeling it at all even though I’ve had a great life. »

His death prompted a shower of honors. In particular, on Twitter, Éric Dupond-Moretti emphasized that he is a ” big litigant “, And ” Advocates don’t care “, he leaves ” A huge gap that nothing and nobody can ever fill ».

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His death is a loss for the legal profession and for all of France. He will be remembered as one of the most talented and gifted lawyers of his generation.

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