EXCLUSIVE LETTER SUBSCRIBERS – The European press review, by Édouard de Mareschal.
Difficult to extract oneself from a family atavism, especially for a young man whose father was one of the capos of the Neapolitan mafia. Antonio Piccirillo, 27, nevertheless managed to keep the environment to which his name referred. In the 1970s, his family worked their way into organized crime by smuggling cigarettes, says The country in a portrait he dedicates to her this week.
The father, Rosario Piccirillo, was at the head of the clan which held the district of Torretta, in Naples, for years, before joining the Camorra in the merciless war between rival mafia factions. Her son Antonio, a blond with green eyes, has very few memories of that time. “Let’s say it was a childhood marked by absences. However, everything seemed normal. We were not a typical Camorra family; at home, we pretended a normal existence“, he explains to our Italian colleagues. “I was told that my father was…