Alpine Summit

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Les Français sont perdants: Part Deux

(Via LGF): So, why did the French oppose the Iraq war? Oh yeah. Money.

PARIS (AFP) - Jean-Bernard Merimee, France’s former representative at the UN Security Council, was taken into custody by a judge investigating corruption linked to the Iraqi “oil-for-food” programme.

Merimee, 68, was being questioned over allegations he may have benefited from oil allocations granted under the programme by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein between 1996 and 2003.

Merimee was France’s UN ambassador from 1991 to 1995. He was then named ambassador to Italy, and from 1999 to 2002 he was a special adviser to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on European issues.

Five people have already been placed under judicial investigation by judge Philippe Courroye in connection with the “oil-for-food” affair.

They are Serge Boidevaix, former secretary-general at the French foreign ministry; businessman Claude Kaspereit; Bernard Guillet, an adviser to former French interior minister Charles Pasqua; Gilles Munier, head of an Iraqi-French friendship society; and Palestinian journalist Hamida Nana.

4 of the 5 people under investigation for the oil-for-food scandal are, YOU GUESSED IT, French (and one Palestinian... another shocker)! What a surprise. France has not been an ally to the U.S. nor to oppressed people in the world for several years now... at the very least. At most, they've been downright hostile towards these groups, as well as friendly and supportive of the oppressors for the sake of their own pockets.