But then Pivot turns to a woman who has so far been silent, a Canadian writer called Denise Bombardier, and the atmosphere suddenly changes.
“I feel like I am living on a different planet,” says Bombardier coldly. And she launches into a devastating attack on her neighbour.
Does he not understand anything about the rights of children, she asks. Has it never occurred to him that these young girls may end up damaged?
“For me, Mr Matzneff is abject. We all know how some girls can become besotted by men with a certain literary aura,” says Bombardier.
“Some older men like to attract little children with sweets. Mr Matzneff does it with his reputation.”