During her trial at the Nanterre assizes on Thursday, December 14, Monique Olivier spoke about the heart-wrenching abduction of little Estelle Mouzin. This momentous occasion unfolded in the presence of the grieving parents, who have endured the anguish of never finding their daughter’s body.

In a somber atmosphere, Monique Olivier confessed, “Yes, I knew she was going to die.” These words, uttered in a difficult context, marked a pivotal moment as the president of the session pressed the accused to delve into the depths of her involvement. Following the counsel of her lawyer, she eventually relinquished herself to the truth.


Regret laced her trembling voice as Monique Olivier, 75, reflected on her role. She revealed that Michel Fourniret did not disclose whether he had achieved his sinister intentions with Estelle Mouzin. She admitted to not questioning “the ogre” when he instructed her to make a phone call to his eldest son for an alibi on the night of the kidnapping.

The little girl disappeared on January 9, 2003 at the age of 9, in the town of Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne. His body has never been found

As she recounted the events that unfolded after the abduction on January 9, 2003, in Guermantes, Seine-et-Marne, by Michel Fourniret, Monique Olivier shared a disturbing narrative: “Fourniret asks me to come to Ville-sur-Lumes. When I see Estelle Mouzin for the first time, I am shocked, even angry to see this little girl. I was revolted and angry, I didn’t even dare to talk to her right away. She told me she wanted to see her mom, I told her she was going to see her soon. I took her to the bathroom, then I took her back to the room and I closed the door because it made me sad. I should have taken her away from here, I know…”

The courtroom bore witness to images of the house where Estelle Mouzin was held captive, once belonging to Michel Fourniret’s deceased sister. An abandoned, dilapidated dwelling oozing with filth, where every room housed broken odds and ends furniture. The rusty bathtub, filled with discarded objects, seemed untouched. The toilets were in a repulsive state.

She wanted to see her mother

In this chilling setting, Estelle appeared “sad, afraid, and crying,” as recounted by the ex-wife of Michel Fourniret. “She wanted her mother. She hoped, perhaps when she saw a woman, that… I should have reacted. I have regrets.”

Acknowledging her own monstrous nature, Monique Olivier speculated on the tragic fate of the young girl. Questions lingered about Estelle’s final resting place. The couple ventured to the woods of Issancourt and Rumel in the Ardennes, where Michel Fourniret buried her alone. Monique Olivier could have witnessed the shallow grave he dug, “not very deep, at ankle level.” Yet, she did not see him place the body there.

Once again pressed about the location of the girl’s remains, Monique Olivier expressed a haunting desire: “I would like to say where the little one’s body is. I know I’m monstrous. But don’t think I’m doing it on purpose.” The emotional gravity of the moment hung heavily in the courtroom, revealing the tragic tapestry of Estelle Mouzin’s final moments.