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Johnny Sexton's Racing Metro team mate reveals his father is convicted murderer Marc Cécillon


France centre Alexandre Dumoulin

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin

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France centre Alexandre Dumoulin

France and Racing Metro centre Alexandre Dumoulin is hitting the headlines in France today after admitting that his father is former Les Bleus captain and convicted murderer Marc Cécillon.

Dumoulin made the revelations to the French media this morning ahead of their Six Nations campaign.

Cécillon captained France five times, won 46 caps and played at the 1991 and ’95 Rugby World Cups.

He was troubled by depression and alcoholism following his retirement from rugby.

Cécillon shot his wife in front of 60 people at a party in Saint Savin in 2006 and was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison, reduced to 14 on appeal. He was freed on parole in July 2011.

Dumoulin was only told about his father when he was 17.

"Alexander wished to speak on the subject to close any debate," said France head coach Philippe Saint-André of 25-year-old's decision to reveal the news now.

"You have to respect his approach. Let him build his life, including his rugby playing career. His name is Alexandre Dumoulin."

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