“On March 12 2016, at the Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the DGSE has interviewed M. Alain Duménil. The details of this meeting are classified for reasons of National Security.”
Bernard Bajolet — DGSE HEAD (Letter to IGPN Director Marie-France Monéger)
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UPDATE (January 26 2019) — On October 12 2018, the French magazine L’EXPRESS has published a story which confirms this old post.
According to L’EXPRESS, the French spy agency is still trying to recover 15 million Euros while Duménil claims he owes them nothing.
END of UPDATE
The “Duménil Affair”
The plot sounds like a novel written by John Le Carré, as it gives a clear and rare insight into the human frailty which is the raw material of espionage.
A professional-looking couple are among passengers at a Paris airport waiting to board a flight to Zürich.
The man is approached by an officer from the PAF — the French Border Force — who invites the man to accompany him for a chat as he appears to have been a victim of identity theft.
Away from the airport crowds, the man is confronted by two “Men in Black”. One secures the door while the other produces recently taken photographs of the man’s wife and daughter.
The “Men in Black” then tell him bluntly that he must pay them 15 million Euros before a certain date. Failure to pay will result in severe consequences such that he will be lucky to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
The man is Alain Duménil, a wealthy and controversial French-Swiss businessman. The two “Men in Black” are agents of the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), the French counterpart to the US CIA and the British MI6.
The DGSE works alongside its domestic partner, the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security) to provide intelligence and to safeguard national security, notably by carrying out paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad.
This shocking incident might look like a historical tale from the excesses of the post WWII Cold War era, but it actually took place on Saturday March 12 2016 in Terminal 2F at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
It seems that, several years ago, the DGSE had invested a substantial sum of money in a company which was then bought by M Dumenil in whose ownership the company went bankrupt. And now, the DGSE want their money back, with interest.
Can it be true?
The Inspection Générale de la Police National (IGPN – aka La Police des Police) has confirmed most of the facts of the story.
However, the current Head of the DGSE, Bernard Bajolet, wrote to the Director of the IGPN to say that he will not discuss the details of the story for reasons of National Security.
The Truth emerges…
In 1995, The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) has invested large amount of money in ‘front societies’ located in foreign countries.
One of these societies — France Luxury Group — located in Luxembourg, owns luxury brands such “Emmanuelle Khanh”, “Jean-Louis Scherrer” and “Smalto”.
In 2003, the society went bankrupt and the DGSE accused Duménil of financial crimes. The DGSE is said to have invested 25 million euros in this holding.
These investments constitute a “war chest” that would be used to ensure the continuity of the French State in case of an invasion.
Surprisingly, the origin of the treasure is described as “spoils of war”. Which one would that be?
UPDATE (January 30 2018) — Not surprisingly, all involved have kept a very low profile over the last twelve months.
On January 17 2017, Mr. Huc-Morel — Alain Duménil’s lawyer — filed complaint for “detention and sequestration” and “attempted extortion by an organized gang “!
Such legal action automatically leads to the appointment of a judge. The magistrate may request the declassification of the documents of the DGSE on the case.
In a very rare communique, the DGSE issued an official statement confirming a brief meeting with Alain Duménil, while contesting “having exercised the slightest threat, sequestration or attempted extortion”.
L’homme d’affaires, le magot caché et les agents mystères — Le Point
Plainte contre la DGSE pour tentative de racket — Reuters
Le magot envolé de la DGSE en ligne de mire — Le Parisien
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