Monday, September 13, 2010

Did the Élysée Break the Law?

Le Monde claims that the Élysée tasked an investigative agency, the DCRI, with identifying the source of information provided to the newspaper about the Bettencourt-Woerth affair. This would presumably be a violation of a law put in place under Sarkozy himself to protect journalistic sources.


bernard said...

I don't know if the Elysee broke the law, but they certainly did not break tradition, as the supposed culprit got sent to Cayenne in a totally unrelated promotion. Let's sing along with B Dylan : "there's a chaingang on the road...". This monkey business is getting real funny.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be DCRI?

It's like using the NSA to discover a leak...
Talk about misuse and abuse of a public force for private interests...

It's Le Monde, not our local broadsheet so it carries weigh.

"Frederic Lefevbre botte en touche" but l'Elysee states they didn't do anything.

This sounds more and more like the Watergate.

I love that he guy was sent to Cayenne, though, because beside the SUV "Cayenne" that's the curse of cities, it used to be a place to deport people who were politically inconvenient.

Anonymous said...

Angering Le Monde has ripple effects:

Anonymous said...


The chief of secret police is all "aw chuck, I mean, sure we tried to find the journalist's source and gave it to the president, what's the big deal?"

Anonymous said...


Someone who doesn't do anything in the afternoon thus likes to watch the National Assembly Broadcast told me that the "questions au gouvernement" were hot today. She mentioned this question, which I find well-phrased:
Who authorized the counter-intelligence case, outside any legal framework?
Who decided the illegal wiretaps?
Will you eventually accept that a judge be named about the Woerth/Bettencourt affair?

I didn't know this senator, but she knows how to phrase things.