Olivier Delacroix SEASON 2023 - 2024 05:00, February 22, 2024

Olivier Delacroix leaves for Nancy to meet Jacques-Michel.

The life of this father was turned upside down the day he experienced profound amnesia, after post-traumatic shock.

He agreed to tell his story in this episode of the podcast “Dans les yeux d’Olivier” produced by Europe 1 Studio.

Jacques-Michel is 29 years old the day he wakes up on a bench in the middle of Paris, 400 kilometers from home.

The man doesn't know how he got here, he doesn't remember anything.

His past, his identity and even his physical appearance have been completely erased from his memory.

Jacques-Michel then experiences a waking nightmare.

When the police want to check his identity, the man panics and flees.

He is arrested, then interned in a psychiatric hospital.

But Jacques-Michel is perfectly aware that he is not crazy.

Behind his neck, a huge hematoma: Jacques-Michel suffers post-traumatic shock following an attack.

To try to help him regain his memory, the doctors will offer him a method banned in France, that of Pentothal, a powerful truth serum.

During this session, Jacques-Michel finally pronounces a name, that of Charlélie.

This is the singer Charlélie Couture.

The doctors then managed to bring the artist to the hospital and in fact, the two men were former classmates.

After three months in total limbo, Jacques-Michel is saved!

He then discovers his first name, then a few days later, his family, which he has also forgotten.

For two years, his loved ones tried to make him regain his memory using souvenirs, in vain.

A situation which gradually plunges the man into a great state of distress.

After several years in search of his old identity, Jacques-Michel finally wants to start living again.

Now aged 59, he has rebuilt himself and is the happy father of a third child, but he has never regained the memories of his past.

In this episode of the podcast “Dans les yeux d'Olivier” produced by Europe 1 Studio, Jacques-Michel talks about his story and the rewriting of his new life. 

Presenter: Olivier Delacroix - Director: Kevin Housty - Producer: Fannie Rascle and Clémence Olivier - Writing and distribution: Lisa Soster - Graphics: Cosa Vostra