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Gérard Courant via YouTube Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Murder case

'It was my last day being a child. She was everything to me' - Sophie Toscan du Plantier's son speaks out

Pierre-Louis and the family say they will not rest until they have their questions answered.

THE SON OF murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier has spoken to RTÉ about the loss of his mother.

Pierre-Louis was 14 when the French film producer was found brutally murdered in West Cork. Speaking to the makers of an RTÉ documentary airing tonight, Sophie’s son said his life was completely altered by the murder.

“It was my last day of being a child. She was everything for me.”

The body of Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found on 23 December in a laneway outside her holiday home near Schull. She had been due to travel back to France to spend Christmas with her husband, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, and her son.

Over 20 years later her family are still looking for answers.

Pierre-Louis told Philip Boucher-Hayes that he believes his family will get justice. He added that he still visits Cork.

“I know for people it’s very difficult to understand why I still come to Ireland, to this house. But Ireland is part of my life and I don’t want to blame Ireland, because she loved this country and I love this country. And it’s so important to for me to bring my children to this house, for them to know their grandmother.”

Pierre-Louis and the family say they will not rest until they have their questions answered.

He added that their desire to see journalist Ian Bailey – who today won an extradition case – before a magistrate in France is unwavering.

I am confident that we will get the answer. I’m not sure if it will be tomorrow, in one month, in one year, in 10 years. But I must get the answer for my grandparents before they die. I’m 35 and I will wait for justice to be done and justice will be done one day, for sure.


BAILEY 6 Kieran Slyne / RTE Ian Bailey. Kieran Slyne / RTE / RTE

For his part, Bailey told the documentary crew he wants the Director of Public Prosecutions to try him for murder in Ireland.

“It is in my mind and intention to write a letter to the DPP and I’m going to suggest that the DPP or the authorities in Ireland invite the French prosecutors to travel here to Ireland and to overview, under Irish law, my trial here. I would welcome it.”

French authorities previously sought the surrender of Bailey in 2010 but this application was refused by the Supreme Court in 2012. A second extradition request was transmitted to Ireland last summer, seeking the surrender of Bailey for alleged voluntary homicide.

Read: ‘I’m pleased and delighted’: High Court refuses to extradite Ian Bailey to France

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