Risqué Management: The Murder of Edouard Stern
Cécile was not raised in a world of wealth and privilege like Edouard's. Little is reported about her mother except that she suffered from depression. After her parents' divorce, Cécile lived with her mother outside of the Paris region until she moved in with her father in the Parisian suburbs as an adolescent.
Paris is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but the surrounding suburbs are very different. The suburbs can be dreary, treeless small towns and cities connected by chaotic tangles of streets, highways, commuter train tracks, and thousands of square miles of pavement over what had once been fields and meadows. Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where Cécile last lived with her father after her parents' divorce, was one of these suburbs in the greater Paris metropolis.
However, Mr. Brossard's credibility as a character reference for his daughter was soon put in doubt. Besides his well-documented absenteeism as a father in Cécile's childhood, reports later revealed that he had hardly had any contact with his daughter in the eight years prior to the murder. Most of the few conversations they had had were by phone.
Cécile's lawyer, Pascal Maurer, told truTV that Cécile's father had unusual notions about what was appropriate for children to see and witness, such as thinking it was acceptable to let Cécile watch Stanley Kubrick's ultra-violent movie A Clockwork Orange at the age of eight.