“I told myself that I wouldn’t survive”: Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine recalls a terrifying moment in her life

“I told myself that I wouldn’t survive”: Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine recalls a terrifying moment in her life
“I told myself that I wouldn’t survive”: Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine recalls a terrifying moment in her life

Since 2017, Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine has been at the helm of C to you, on France 5. Every day, it’s a woman with a smile and sparkling that viewers discover. But the 53-year-old presenter also has a pessimistic side as she told the magazine Psychologies in 2018 (June 20 edition).

Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine does not hide the fact that she “doubt everything“. She wonders if she’s a good mother or even a good friend. She also feels a lot of guilt and “always imagine the worst“.”For example, before getting on a plane, I think about the possibility of an accident. I think that being lucid, aware of this probability, prepares me for disasters. I feel like if I imagine tragedy it won’t happen. This borders on stupid superstition.. (…) My pessimism allows me to be ready to face everything“, she admitted to our colleagues.

A traumatic episode for Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine

The mother of Arthur (20 years old, born from a previous union) and Vasco (10 years old, fruit of her union with Philippe Coelho) thinks that this comes from the fact that she grew up with “a rather fatalistic father“. She also remembers a “significant episode“happened when she was 10 years old, in 1981. While she was praying before going to bed, she heard a voice saying to her:You will die on May 11, 1982!“.”I went down in fear to see my father who, after listening to me, resolved my case. ‘Go say a prayer!’, instead of reassuring myself with ‘Of course it won’t happen!’ I lived for a year in the terror of May 11, 1982. I told myself that I would not survive on the birthday of my older sister Véronique, born on May 13“, she said.

At the time, she had spoken about it to friends from the Legion of Honor, where she was boarding. “But it was complicated to carry this anxiety for a little girl of 11 years old. The night of May 10, I wanted to resist sleeping. I asked my friends to watch over me in the dormitory. And of course, I fell asleep. It’s a fairly foundational episode in my mental functioning and in the way I view existence.“, she continued. Since then, she has thought about death every day, a way for her to prepare for it. However, this in no way dampens her good mood. She is naturally joyful and this will not change.

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