justice has launched an investigation after the publication of a document “confidential-defence” on a project strikes the French in Syria in 2013, obtained by journalists from the World in the course of their many talks at the Elysée with François Hollande.
The prosecutor’s office in Paris, seized by the deputy of The Republican Eric Ciotti by a letter of 4 November, has opened a preliminary investigation to compromise of national defence, learned Monday the AFP from justice source.
Released in mid-October, the book “A President should not say it,” Gérard Davet and Fabrice, the Man, has already aroused its share of controversy. The revelation by the head of State in person that he has authorized targeted assassinations aimed at perpetrators of attacks (operations called Homo), his criticism against the judiciary, a qualified”institution of cowardice”, François Hollande is criticized for her confidence, reflected through the 700 pages which sweep its five-year term. The multiple meetings of the president with journalists have given rise to a plethora of editorial since September.
at the End of August, the first in a series of articles was published in The World, under the pen of Gerard Davet and Fabrice, the Man, who were able to maintain for sixty hours with the head of State, to the Elysee, or sometimes at the home of one of them.
one of The articles, titled “The day on which… Obama has dropped Holland”, told of how France had renounced, in the summer of 2013, because of procrastination u.s. to carry out strikes against the syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and then strongly suspected use of chemical weapons against his own people.
- “Timeline of the raid” -
The two journalists about a meeting with president Hollande at the Elysée palace on August 30, and talked about a document stamped “confidential defence”, in which they said that they had a copy, and that the daily reproduced.
“Drafted the day before, the 29 of August, by his general staff particular, it details the +timeline of the raid+ to come. This is the true vade-mecum of French intervention”, they wrote with force details.
Eric Ciotti was immediately seized with the subject, denouncing “a compromise, blatant and dangerous of the secret necessary to our security and our sovereignty”. In his letter to the prosecutor, the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes claims to have written twice to the ministry of Defence without getting an answer.
At this stage, the prosecutor’s office did not enter service investigation, said the justice source. He sent a letter to the ministry of Defence for answers to questions about the classification of the document and on the degree of potential harm to the national defense, she added.
Reacting to the mail, Eric Ciotti to the prosecutor, the Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, close to François Hollande, had toned down the gravity of the facts. “What is it? Of the publication in a newspaper of the evening (…) on events that go back three years and more on a transaction that has not taken place?”, had it launched on 6 November.
The crime of compromising national defence can be punished with a sentence of up to seven years in prison and a 100,000 euro fine.
Questioned by AFP, the Elysee has not wished to make any comment.
If the investigation is only in its infancy, it could ultimately pose the question of immunity, presidential head of State.
In parallel, the mps LR have initiated a procedure for the removal of the head of State, an initiative that probably has no chance of success.
In their previous book, “Sarkozy is kill”, Gérard Davet and Fabrice, the Man told already a story that had made controversy and it involved the Elysée. They said that the now favorite in the primary on the right, François Fillon, had asked the secretary-general of the Elysée of François Hollande, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, that the executive put pressure on justice to accelerate investigations targeting Nicolas Sarkozy.
A request denied by François Fillon, but confirmed by François Hollande in “A President should not say that.”