The Daily Telegraph (England), Jan. 6, 2003
By Philip Delves Broughton in Paris
His aunt added that whenever Rael, whose real name is Claude Vorilhon, spoke about the aliens who cloned him, his family would call him “cornichon”, a French word meaning both gherkin and nincompoop.
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The Raelians’ chief scientist, Brigitte Boisselier, claimed yesterday that three more cloned children would be born within a month. Scientists, however, remained sceptical about the two allegedly cloned babies already born.
Rael said he had now instructed Mme Boisselier to press ahead now with accelerated cell growth, which he believes holds the key to everlasting life.
Rael was born in Ambert, central France, the product of an adulterous affair between his mother and a married man, not, as he has claimed, of his mother’s impregnation by aliens.
“I know my sister,” said Vorilhon’s aunt Therese. “Little green men weren’t her type.” Mme Vorilhon told the Journal du Dimanche that she married Claude in the early Seventies.
At first, she said, “he was charming and intelligent”. The couple had two children.
In the mid-Seventies Vorilhon published his first book, in which he claimed to be the aliens’ messenger on Earth. The family moved to the Perigord, where their house soon filled up with cult followers.
In time Mme Vorilhon grew sick of cooking for her husband’s followers and girlfriends who arrived at the weekends.
“He was completely depraved and liked to be surrounded by young girls.” She asked for a divorce in 1985.