“We can’t have a normal married life”: Marina Carrère d’Encausse and her partner talk about the impact of Charcot’s disease on their relationship: Femme Actuelle Le MAG

A fight that they decided to experience together… A little over a year ago, Antoine Mesnier entered the life of Marina Carrère d’Encausse. Shortly after discovering that he had Charcot’s disease, this general practitioner knocked on the door of the host’s production company to tell her his story. Having fallen in love, the two health professionals do not, however, live under the same roof. Tuesday September 26, 2023, it’s in the documentary End of life: so you have a choicebroadcast on France 5, which the couple agreed to confide in. Although the disease is gaining ground, Antoine Mesnier has not lost his humor. “I’m the one who does it, because you don’t do it well!”he exclaimed while preparing the coffee, before slipping: It’s the guy who is paralyzed who serves the journalist who is in great shape and doesn’t do anything all day! She understood what a Charcot was, that I can swear!” Amused, Marina Carrère d’Encausse then blurted out: “It keeps you going, it gives you physiotherapy!”

Marina Carrère d’Encausse: “It’s okay over a weekend, but longer is not possible”

Sitting around a table, the couple agreed to discuss their situation. “We maintain a long-distance relationship: me in Paris, him in the South-West. We meet up every other weekend”indicated the host, before specifying: “Anyway, even physically, we couldn’t live together all the time because you are too tired. When we see each other even all weekend, talking takes a lot of energy… It’s okay over a weekend, but more is not possible.” For his part, Antoine Mesnier estimated: “We can’t have a normal married life. It’s not possible, so you should only take moments of happiness. I am going very well !” Wednesday September 6, 2023, in the columns of Tele-Leisurethe ex-acolyte of Michel Cymes had already mentioned his relationship with Antoine Mesnier. “When we are together, we put the illness aside and we just think about being happy, enjoying friends, trying to lead a normal life. This is the case for many people who live at a distance”, she said. Out of love, Marina Carrère d’Encausse says to herself, “ready” to help his companion die, although euthanasia is still illegal in France.